Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion Expert EPL Picks 1/18/2020
Saturday, January 18, 2020
Anwar El Ghazi and Aston Villa (6-3-13, 18th in EPL) go to Amex Stadium on Saturday where they'll meet Brighton & Hove Albion (6-6-10, 14th in EPL). The probable starting goalies are Ørjan Nyland for Aston Villa and Mathew Ryan for Brighton & Hove Albion. Albion are at at -160 while Aston Villa are at +395. The over/under has been set at 2.75.
Aston Villa comes into this matchup with a record of 6 victories, 3 draws, and 13 losses which is good for 18th in EPL. So far this year, they have converted a total of 28 goals which ranks them 9th in the league. Their goal differential is -15, which is good for 18th in the league. When looking at shots on target, they have compiled a total of 93 which ranks them 9th in the league. As a group, Aston Villa has earned a total of 247 fouls which means they have an average of 11.2 fouls per contest. They have compiled a total of 21 points for 2019 and they are averaging an attendance of 41,714.
Anwar El Ghazi is a top player to watch for the Villains. The forward from the Netherlands has participated in 163 contests in his career and has totaled 10,681 mins. During that time, the 24-year-old has a total of 38 goals and has had an assist on 27 goals. Over the course of his career he has an average of 65.5 minutes per appearance. El Ghazi has been a starter in 120 contests and has totaled 142 fouls during that period. In terms of shots on target, El Ghazi has totaled 139 which is 69th among all players still active and 40th among forwards. Jack Grealish is another guy to watch out for on the team from Aston Villa. The 23-year-old from Ireland has scored 26 goals in the time he has played soccer which has him ranking 111th out of active players in professional soccer. He has played 12,745 mins in the time he has played soccer which has him ranking 68th among active midfielders and is averaging 70.8 mins per game which has him ranking 175th in professional soccer. Over the course of his professional soccer career, he has totaled 81 shots on target which has him ranking 61st among active midfielders.
In goal for the Villains is Ørjan Nyland from Norway. He has racked up 11,963 minutes protecting the goal for his career. McCarthy has surrendered 1.33 goals per 90 mins for his career which places him at 21st among active goalies in the Premier League. Over the course of his career, he has allowed 177 goals. He holds a career save % of .665 which places him at 26th among active professional goalies.
Brighton & Hove Albion is the team that is standing on the other side of the pitch and for the season they have 6 victories, 6 draws, and 10 losses. When looking at goal differential, they rank 11th in the EPL with -5. They have a total of 23 goals for this year. Brighton & Hove Albion has a team save percentage of .714 which has them ranked 7th in the EPL, meaning scoring opportunities may be scarce. They have an average attendance of 30,353 ranking them 14th in the EPL.
One of the scorers to watch for the Seagulls is Pascal Groß. The 28 year-old has drilled 31 balls past the man in net in the time he's played soccer. He is sitting at 21st among active midfielders in assists with 41 and has produced 132 shots on target. He has played 20,841 mins and holds an average of 77.2 minutes per appearance. Another player to watch out for on this squad is Neal Maupay. The forward from France has scored 62 goals in his professional soccer career which ranks him 31st among active forwards. He also has racked up 237 fouls.
In goal for the Seagulls is Mathew Ryan who has had a solid career by surrendering only 1.15 goals per 90 minutes and that places him 9th in the Premier League. In the 24,030 minutes he has played as a goaltender in his career, he's allowed 306 goals. He's earned a career save percentage of .721 which has him sitting 8th among all goalkeepers still active in the Premier League.
Who will win tonight's EPL game ATS?
Guy's Pick: Take Brighton & Hove Albion (-160)
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