Aston Villa vs Brighton LIVE: Villans need win to guarantee European return
Aston Villa must beat high-flying Brighton on the Premier League’s last day to secure a place in the Europa Conference League.
Unai Emery’s side just missed out on a place in the top six to the Seagulls, but if they win, Tottenham and Brentford won’t be able to catch them.
Should they finish seventh, Villa will compete in the Europa Conference League next year.
Meanwhile, Brighton have qualified for the Europa League after a 1-1 draw with champions Manchester City.
They will look to finish the campaign on a high with one final victory, and you can catch the action live on the talkSPORT network.
Aston Villa vs Brighton: talkSPORT coverage
This final Premier League clash of the season will take place on Sunday, May 28.
Kick-off at Villa Park is scheduled for 4:30pm.
talkSPORT will have live and exclusive commentary from Birmingham, with Robert Dugmore taking you through the action via the talkSPORT App.
talkSPORT.com will have a live blog to keep you up to date with all the games on the last day.
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Aston Villa vs Brighton: Team news
The hosts are set to be without a good number of players.
Philippe Coutinho won’t play, while Alex Moreno is doubtful with a thigh problem.
Jed Steer is also absent but Calum Chambers should have recovered from illness to take part.
Meanwhile, the Seagulls also have a number of injury concerns.
Adam Lallana and Solly March are set to miss out.
Jakub Moder, Tariq Lamptey and Jeremy Sarmiento have endured tough seasons and will hope for more luck next year.
Robert Sanchez also won’t be involved after a disagreement with Roberto De Zerbi.
Aston Villa vs Brighton: What has been said?
Brighton owner and chairman Tony Bloom was delighted his club have qualified for the Europa League.
Speaking to talkSPORT after the draw with City, he said: “It’s been a tremendous season. Roberto, the players and everyone involved has done absolutely superbly. We’re so delighted to finish sixth this season, Europa League.
“We’ll be able to compete on all levels next season even if we lose a couple of our star players.
“That happens at almost every club, we don’t worry about these things and as long as we get the right price for our players they will sometimes go.
“That happens across the board, we’re not at all worried about that and we look to come back stronger next season.”
Aston Villa vs Brighton: Match facts
- Aston Villa have lost just one of their seven Premier League matches against Brighton (W4 D2), going down 2-1 at home in November 2020.
- Brighton have lost their last three Premier League games against Aston Villa, having lost just one of their previous seven against them in league competition. They’ve never lost four in a row against the Villans before.
- Aston Villa have won their final game in just one of their last eight Premier League campaigns (D2 L5), beating Chelsea 2-1 in 2020-21. Indeed, no team has lost their final game of the season more often than Aston Villa in the competition (14, level with Everton).
- Brighton have lost their final league game in three of their five Premier League campaigns, winning the other two. Before their promotion to the division, they’d only lost their last league game in three of the previous 19 seasons (W7 D9).
- Victory for Aston Villa will see them qualify for at least the Europa Conference League play-off stage next season, their first appearance in European competition since the 2010-11 Europa League qualifying rounds.
- Aston Villa have won their last six Premier League home games, scoring 12 goals and conceding just once. They last won seven in a row in the competition at Villa Park between December 1992 and February 1993.
- Brighton have only failed to score in one of their 18 Premier League away games this season, going down 2-0 against Brentford in October. They’ve found the net in each of their last 13, their longest scoring streak on the road in league competition since a run of 16 between August 2009 and February 2010 in League One.
- Jacob Ramsey turns 22 on the day of this game; the last Aston Villa player to score a Premier League goal on their birthday was Julian Joachim in September 1997, while no player in the division overall has scored on their birthday in the final match of the season before.
- Ollie Watkins has scored 14 Premier League goals this season, with Christian Benteke the last Aston Villa player to net more in a single campaign (19 in 2012-13).
- Brighton’s Danny Welbeck has been involved in five goals in his last four Premier League appearances on matchday 38 (2 goals, 3 assists), scoring in each of his last two such games with Watford (v Arsenal 2019-20) and Brighton (last season v West Ham).
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