Prematch: Aston Villa vs Fulham

Unai Emery will aim to end his three-year jinx as Aston Villa take on Fulham on Saturday

Published: April 23, 2023 00:07



Premier League
25 Apr 20:45

In short

Aston Villa FC takes on Fulham FC on Tuesday, April 25th at Villa Park starting at 19:45 (GMT+1).

Aston Villa's Five-Game Unbeaten Run Comes to an End in 1-1 Draw with Brentford

At the weekend, Aston Villa saw their five-game unbeaten run come to a disappointing halt as they failed to overcome Brentford in a 1-1 draw. Ivan Toney put Brentford ahead in the 65th minute at Brentford Community Stadium before Douglas Luiz equalised 87 minutes later for Villa. But they would remain scoreless due to Ivan Toney’s amazing goal and help secure them a point. “I was overjoyed to score in the dying minutes of the game!” Luiz expressed to VillaTV before acknowledging a difficult game against Brentford’s pressing tactics. After Spurs [53 points] suffered an unexpected 6-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Sunday, Aston Villa [WWWWD] are two points outside the top five and currently hold 51 points (15W, 6D & 11L]. Villa are poised to extend their nine-game unbeaten run against Fulham on Tuesday evening when they host them for the midweek matchup [10W, 7D, 1L]. Unai Emery will hope to end a three-year winless jinx here; Villa last tasted victory during midweek play in July 2020. A 4–2-3–1 formation featuring Ollie Watkins is anticipated from Emery.

Fulham Seek League Double Over Aston Villa, Aim for Third Consecutive Win

At the weekend, The Cottagers made it two wins out of three in consecutive outings with a 2-1 triumph against Leeds United and moved up one position from 10th to 9th position on the table. Heading into midweek’s round of fixtures, the visitors have amassed 45 points from 13 wins, 6 draws, and 12 defeats while seeking three consecutive victories. Fulham could complete a league double over Aston Villa for only the second time ever if they secure another comfortable 3-0 victory in this week’s return match, having last done it back in 2013/14. Furthermore, Fulham may take some heart from their 100 percent winning record in midweek fixtures this season. The Cottagers have won all four midweek games so far this season – one of only two teams to do so, alongside Manchester City. A four-two three one formation featuring Bobby Reid as an attacking force is likely against the Lions on Tuesday. Aleksandar Mitrovic remains banned for four games after serving four of an eight-match suspension, while Marco Silva made his comeback against Leeds and was relieved when the FA’s appeal to extend his touchline ban was denied.

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