Aston Villa vs Fulham. Prediction and Preview. Probable Lineups, Team News, Stats and more

Aston Villa led by Unai Emery is on a winning streak. Will Marco Silva and Co. be able to break it?

Aston Villa FC will host Fulham FC in the English Premier League 33rd-tour match at Villa Park Stadium. The fixture will take place on Wednesday, April 26, beginning at 00:15 IST.

What can we expect this Wednesday night? Parimatch News will tell you everything you need to know ahead of the upcoming match.

Aston Villa News & Current Form:

Aston Villa continue their unbeaten streak in the English league and even hope to challenge for the European title. Before the start of the next round, the team is in sixth place with 51 points and just two points behind Tottenham Hotspur FC. In the match against unstable Fulham, the hosts really need a win, which could help them catch up with their rivals.

Aston Villa’s last EPL game ended in a 1 – 1 draw with Brentford FC. In fact, the content of the game was better than the result. Brentford tried not to concede anything and trapped the visitors in the 2nd half – a corner kick went to the keeper and then a long throw-in stretched the Villa defence and a cross from the flank found Ivan Toney. The visitors levelled the scores without any fuss, although they only did so in the 87th minute (Emiliano Buendia dropped a pass in the box to Douglas Luiz). It was a 1 – 1 draw.  Before that, there was a big win over Newcastle United FC 3 – 0.

Douglas Luiz scored a goal for Aston Villa against Brentford FC

And, of course, a word or two about Aston Villa’s performance at home this season. The results are more than decent: 9 wins, 2 draws and 2 losses. 28 goals scored and 19 conceded.

The team’s results in previous years were on the level of the strong middle class. Yes, the departure of their leader, Jack Grealish, was a blow but Steven Gerrard coped with it. But the coach could not offer anything more. And that is why they said goodbye to him in the autumn, calling in a more experienced mentor, Unai Emery, at Birmingham.

Obviously, the Spaniard should have started the long-term project. But he managed to surprise pleasantly, all at once, with a full-blown debut in the form of a 3 – 1 win over Manchester United FC. And now, with him, the team is performing magnificently, with full confidence of reaching the Premier League next season.

Players that are out of action in the upcoming game: Jed Steer, Matty Cash, Boubacar Kamara, Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey.

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Fulham News & Current Form: 

Fulham have had a serious slump recently with five defeats in a row. But two wins in the last rounds ensured that the team remained in the Premier League, with 45 points, which is enough to keep them in 9th position. Remarkably, the team did so without their best goal scorer Mitrovic.

Top scorer of Fulham FC – Andreas Pereira

The Cottagers are now distinguished by an easy moving attack and polished combinations in it. That’s how the Londoners undermined Everton FC (3 – 1) in the round before last. On Saturday, the Londoners hosted Leeds United FC, who defended in an order of magnitude worse. In the 2nd half, Harry Wilson and Andreas Pereira made the winning run. Fulham conceded their own goal, of course (the team has not been able to play on goal for 7 games), but 2 – 1 is also 3 points.

The Cottagers are among the top 7 clubs in England in away results, with 21 goals scored and 20 conceded. There have been 20 points scored in 15 games.

Layvin Kurzawa, Aleksandar Mitrovic will not help their team.

Aston Villa form guide: W-W-W-W-W-D

Fulham form guide: L-L-L-L-W-W

Aston Villa vs Fulham Head-To-Head Record: 

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  • October 21, 2017: Aston Villa 2 – 1 Fulham (League Championship);
  • February 17, 2018: Fulham 2 – 0 Aston Villa (League Championship);
  • May 26, 2018: Aston Villa 0 – 1 Fulham (League Championship Play-Offs);
  • January 4, 2020: Fulham 2 – 1 Aston Villa (FA Cup);
  • September 28, 2020: Fulham 0 – 3 Aston Villa (Premier League);
  • April 4, 2021: Aston Villa 3 – 1 Fulham (Premier League);
  • October 20, 2022: Fulham 3 – 0 Aston Villa (Premier League).

Aston Villa vs Fulham Predicted XI:

Aston Villa possible starting lineup (4-5-1): Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; McGinn, Dendoncker, Luiz, Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins.

Fulham possible starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Leno; Tete, Adarabioyo, Ream, Robinson; Palhinha, Reed; Wilson, Pereira, Willian; James.

Statistical preview of the match Aston Villa vs Fulham:

  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last 9 matches.
  • Aston Villa are unbeaten in 10 of their last 11 games against this side at home in the Premier League.
  • Fulham have lost two of their last three away league games.
  • Fulham are conceding an average of 1.60 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Fulham are scoring an average of 1.40 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Aston Villa have conceded an average of 0.40 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Aston Villa are scoring an average of 2.00 goals per game in their last 5 games.
  • Villa’s top scorers – Ollie Watkins (15+6), Danny Ings (7+2), Douglas Luiz (5+5), Leon Bailey (5+3).
  • Fulham’s top scorers – Aleksandar Mitrovic (12+3), Andreas Pereira (5+6), Manor Solomon (5).

What has been said before the match:

Coach of the Lions Unai Emery ahead of the Wednesday clash:

“I like their coach a lot. Marco Silva is a very good coach. He’s very experienced here in the Premier League and has been successful.”

“They are a very organised team. I try to take my personal challenges and to play against them – how we can play against them, how we will be organised against them offensively and defensively, how we can perform against the very good players they have. As a coach, tactically, I expect a lot from them. They have a lot of different, tactical ways to play against us.  For us, tomorrow will be a very difficult match.”

“After the last matches we played at home, keeping four clean sheets and playing very well against Newcastle, they are going to respect us more than normal. They are going to face us being strong. It’s going to be a good match for me, our players and our supporters facing them and showing how we can add to the last matches.”

The Cottagers’ boss Marco Silva about team’s objectives for the remaining stretch of the season:

“We got one of the main ones last week and now we have to go for the next one and that is to try to beat the number of points that will make history again in this football club. That’s really important, that we are breaking some important records, and the next one is there for us to try and do.”

“Aston Villa showed a reaction straightaway after that match [October 2022]. Of course, Unai is doing a very good job. He is a great manager, I think he’s not surprised anyone. They are a really well managed team, and with quality.”

“Everyone knew when the season started, the quality they have, what they want to fight for. You could feel during the summer with the type of players they signed as well, what they really wanted to fight for.”

“They did not have a good spell in the beginning of the season, and after that came the reaction. Very good players, as I said before, and very well managed by Unai.”

“They are strong, playing at home you know the type of atmosphere we are going to face at Villa Park, but it will be a good game for us as well because we will be able to challenge, and we like this type of challenge.”

Aston Villa vs Fulham Prediction:

The home side appear to be favourites and ought to live up to that status. The Birmingham side are already adapted to Emery’s demands while they have also found excellent form in their quest of securing Eurocup qualification places in the table. The Lions are cruising on a nine-match unbeaten streak with seven wins and two draws. Fulham meanwhile have won two in a row, but before that, they suffered five consecutive defeats – a streak that has cost the visitors their chances of qualifying for European competitions 23/24. Now, the Londoners lack motivation in terms of the standings position, and it can be said that they are simply playing out the current season.

On the other hand, there are many things that speak for Villa in this encounter, both the home crowd factor and the commendable efficiency of attack. For example, in six of their last seven home fixtures in the EPL, the Lions have managed to score more than once. The Cottagers, contrastingly, have been conceding in four successive away fixtures, with a total of nine goals against the Londoners in that period. We assume that the home side will produce an attractive attacking performance that will ensure at least a comfortable 1 point.

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Parimatch News staff prediction:

We say: Aston Villa will not lose with an individual of more than 1.5 – Yes.