Brighton vs Aston Villa Prediction, 2/26/2022 EPL Soccer Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Brighton vs Aston Villa
Date: Saturday, February 26, 2022
Location: The American Express Community Stadium in Brighton and Hove, Sussex
TV: Peacock Premium
Odds/Point Spread: Brighton (+145) Aston Villa (+188)
The American Express Community Stadium is the venue where Leandro Trossard and Brighton (7-12-6, 9th in the EPL) will play Aston Villa (8-3-13, 12th in the EPL) on Saturday. The starting goalkeepers will be Robert Sanchez for Brighton and Emiliano Martinez for Aston Villa. The moneyline on this matchup has Brighton coming in at +145 and the Villains are at +188. The O/U opens at 2.5.
Brighton took the field against Burnley in their last match and ended up losing by a score of 3-0. Brighton attempted 11 dribbles in this matchup and were successful in 8 of those dribbles for a percentage of 72.7%. When talking about passing the ball, they earned a 89.8% passes received rate by completing 517 of the 576 pass targets in their last outing.
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Concerning shot accuracy, Brighton finished at a 10.0% rate by putting 1 shot on target of 10 total shots. Brighton sports an average of 0.96 goals per 90 min (24 total goals) and are sitting with 20 assists in all matches for the year.
Leandro Trossard is a player who should be able to impact this match for Brighton. Trossard has been in the starting lineup in 190 games in his pro soccer career and he tallies 0.35 goals per 90 mins. The forward hailing from Belgium has tallied 66 goals in 16,874 mins. He has 26 assists while accumulating 13 yellow cards in his pro soccer career.
One more guy who could decide who wins is Neal Maupay, the forward representing France. Maupay has accumulated 17,259 mins in 189 career starting assignments and has been handed 37 yellow card cautions. He has assisted on a goal 23 times in his career while he has scored 81 total goals. He currently averages 0.42 goals per 90 minutes for his pro soccer career.
The man who is expected to defend the goal for Brighton will be Robert Sanchez. Sanchez has been on the pitch for a total of 6,929 mins and has earned 219 saves thus far in his career. His goals against per 90 mins is 1.3 (97 goals surrendered) and he holds a save percentage of 70.6. The goalkeeper born in Spain has had 310 shots tried against him in 77 starts. Sanchez (22-27-28 mark in his career) has recorded 23 clean sheets, which leaves him with a 29.9% shutout rate.
For their last match, Aston Villa took a loss by a final score of 1-0 against Watford. They finished the match by connecting on 490 of the 570 passing tries earning a rate of 86.0%. Aston Villa earned a 87.5% successful dribble rate by converting 7 of the 8 dribbles they pursued. Aston Villa connected on 2 shots attempted out of the team's 20 shots attempted which had them sitting at a 10.0% rate when they last took the field. Having earned a total of 29 goals and 24 assists in all their games, Aston Villa averages 1.21 goals and 1.00 assist per 90 minutes.
Ollie Watkins will need to provide a lift for Aston Villa. He currently averages 0.36 G/90 and has been given a starting assignment in 231 games so far in his pro soccer career. The forward born in England has been on the field for 20,974 professional minutes while scoring 85 goals. He has totaled 33 yellow card warnings in his career and has assisted a teammate on a goal 26 times. Make sure to watch out for Danny Ings, the forward hailing from England. He has 93 goals so far in his career while helping on a goal 25 different times. Ings has been given a total of 22 yellow card warnings in 19,446 mins played (222 career starts). His goals per 90 average thus far in his career is 0.43.
Emiliano Martinez will be looking after the net for Aston Villa. In his pro soccer career, Martinez has conceded 170 goals and has tallied 430 stops in 130 starting assignments. He has allowed 1.30 goals per 90 while holding a record of 48-28-54. He has earned a save % of 73.3 and his shutout rate sits at 32.3%. Martinez has accumulated 42 shutouts while defending 591 shots attempted against him in 11,749 career mins.
Who will win tonight's EPL game against the spread?
Parlay's Pundit's Pick: Take Aston Villa (+188) and under the total goals
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