Aston Villa vs Brighton LIVE updates as Steven Gerrard era begins

by 24britishtvNov. 20, 2021, 6 p.m. 17
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It's Steven Gerrard's claret and blue army as the new head coach begins with a home clash against Brighton this afternoon.

Gerrard was unveiled to the media at Villa Park on Thursday where he spoke of his inner-drive to take Villa forwards, while giving supporters a glimpse of what to expect.

The 41-year-old, who has replaced Dean Smith, said: "We have a lot of talented players in the building and, when the time is right, you will see an energetic, exciting Villa team. I am very confident of that.

"That is what I promised to the board, that is what I will promise to the fans. We have to realise where we are at the moment. We are on the back of losing five games."

It's been 63 days since Villa last won at Villa Park while, since then, they've taken just three points from a possible 18.

As for Brighton, Graham Potter will take charge of his 100th game for the Seagulls this afternoon, a side who also need a result knowing they're winless in their last six Premier League games (D5 L1).

In terms of team news, Villa look set to be without Douglas Luiz and Morgan Sanson, while there will be late fitness tests for Marvelous Nakamba and Bertrand Traore. Ezri Konsa is back from suspension. Trezeguet is still sidelined.

For Brighton, Potter will be without suspended goalkeeper Robert Sanchez. Enock Mwepu has been ruled out with a muscle strain. Danny Welbeck is out for another month while Potter could welcome back Dan Burn and Aaron Connolly.

Stay with us for all of the pre-game build-up, confirmed line-ups, kick-by-kick action, goal alerts, player ratings and Gerrard's post-match verdict. Our dedicated live blog will automatically update, below.

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