Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion live Soccer: Watch Online Game, how to watch Online Live Stream, TV Schedule, Online TV Channel, Odds, Game Time and more info.
Location: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Kick-off time: 12 PM BST, 7 AM Eastern, 4 AM Pacific
If all you care about is Aston Villa, today’s season finale against Brighton & Hove Albion means almost nothing to you. A win could move the team to 11th in the table, and a draw or better almost assures a top-half finish. Those things are neat!
But there is so much else going on today. Brighton, for instance, are playing to win the league. It’s sort of meaningless, in that they’re going to be headed to the Premier League regardless of the result today, but winning a league is still a huge accomplishment. Newcastle would need to win (with a Brighton loss or draw) or a draw (with a Brighton loss) to win the league.
Elsewhere, the promotion playoffs are set (thanks to Leeds only managing six points in their final seven matches), but the seeding is up in the air. Fulham are locked into the final spot, but Reading need a win (or a Sheffield loss… or a draw and a Sheffield draw) to secure the top seed, and Huddersfield Town could make things interesting if they get a big win against Cardiff.
And in the matches that we fans of the best team in Birmingham care about, we’ve got the relegation fight. If Blues lose (or draw, thanks to their atrocious goal difference) at Bristol City, they could be relegated if Nottingham Forest and Blackburn can win (hosting Ipswich and at Brentford, respectively). It’s a small chance, but oh my word would it be hilarious.
So yeah, Villa are playing. And a win secures a top-half finish and at least a totally neutral goal difference. But boy oh boy if the fun isn’t to be had elsewhere today. Here’s how you can follow along with the Claret and Blues, though!
Aston Villa will suffer a narrow final day defeat to ‘Champions’ Brighton & Hove Albion this weekend.
That is the verdict of Sky Sports pundit David Prutton in his last round of Prutton’s Predictions.
Prutton reckons Chris Hughton’s men will “squeak past” Villa to clinch the Championship title at Villa Park.
Jonathan Kodjia will miss Aston Villa’s final Sky Bet Championship game of the season as Steve Bruce’s side take on title-challengers Brighton.
Kodjia suffered a broken ankle in the 1-0 defeat against Blackburn last weekend and will now visit a specialist in Europe this week to determine the extent of the injury.
Mile Jedinak is also a doubt as the Australia international has been battling a niggling groin problem.
Sam Baldock is set to return to the Brighton squad for their championship decider.
The 11-goal striker has missed the last seven matches of Albion’s promotion run-in with a glute injury but is now fit again.
Shane Duffy will miss out again with a fractured metatarsal and fellow defender Connor Goldson remains sidelined after surgery to correct a heart condition.
Brighton will clinch the title if they match or better Newcastle’s result at home to Barnsley.
There were surreal scenes in the away end at Ewood Park on Saturday, with a minority of Villa supporters cheering Blackburn’s 1-0 victory because it hindered the survival fight of rivals Birmingham City.
But as for the meek surrender on the pitch, nobody should kid themselves that it was especially for the benefit of Blues.
Villa have been pathetic on their travels for most of the past 18 months, when the main victims of their malaise have been themselves rather than any of their foes.
They’ve hardly been free-flowing at home either, although their Villa Park record is much better this season.
It’s not as if the players had been sweeping all before them and then suddenly switched off in Lancashire to spite their neighbours last weekend.
And it’s not as if they’ll roll over to annoy Newcastle on Sunday (Remember, Henri Lansbury even scored for the Magpies at St James’ Park!).
Admittedly, there won’t be any sobbing on the Holte if the Toon Army fail to clinch the Championship title, as the claret and blue faithful allow themselves a chuckle at how serious this faux rivalry has become to some.
But Villa fans WILL be crying tears into their end of season beers if Bruce’s team serve up another afternoon of dross and fail to restore at least a glimmer of hope for 2017-18.
Believe it or not, Villa Park is more interested in next year’s Championship title race than this weekend’s.
Finally seeing a positive, entertaining 90-minute performance from their team against Chris Hughton’s promoted side on Sunday, as a barometer for next term, is far more important than how much Newcy Brown Ale is or isn’t being supped 200 miles away.