Aston Villa wakes European hopes

Aston Villa wakes European hopes

Aston Villa goes against Fulham with aims of improving their chances for the European stage. These two teams are both unbeaten on their last matches, but the Villa has a better momentum coming into this game. The Villa is coming into this match from a 1-1 draw against Brentford. Fulham on the other hand is from a 2-1 victory against the Leeds United on their last match. These two teams are actually still in the European mix, but it was the Villa who has a better chances. However, Fulham will not let this to happen as they remain hopeful for a European spot as well. This meeting will be on April 26, 2023, at 2:45 AM (GMT+8), with the Villa as hosts.

These two teams have played 73 matches prior to this match, but it was the visitors who has more wins. The visitors has a narrow win against the hosts, winning 26 matches, while the hosts has 25 wins. However, it seems like it is the hosts who is at the advantage here, as they are doing well at home. In fact, the hosts lost only once in their last 18 league home games against the visitors. The visitors on the other hand is also having a good momentum coming into this match. In fact, they won their match earlier this season, a 3-0 win for them, where they gain confidence from.

Aston Villa

Premier League: Aston Villa
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The Villa is currently at the sixth of the league table with 51 points across their names. Although they are in a spot where they are safe from relegation, the Villa still wants more. In fact, a win in this match could give the Villa the fifth spot with 55 points. This is not impossible though as they are just two points behind the team at the fifth. The Villa is a team who have improved so much after a slow start this season. However, it is unfortunate that their last match ended in a 1-1 draw against Brentford. With that, the Villa is seeking to show once again that they are a threat, by improving the way they play. This is likely to happen though as they have been exceptional recently. In fact, they proved that they are a lethal team this season. Ollie Watkins is expected to lead his team for this match, and add tally to his goals.

Following the illness Emiliano Martinez got on their last match, he is expected to play in this game. However, Philippe Coutinho, Leon Bailey, Boubacar Kamara, and Matty Cash remains to be unavailable in this game.

Fulham

Premier League: Fulham
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Fulham is currently at the ninth of the Premier League with 45 points across their names. However, since they are four points from the team at the eighth, a win would make them retain their spot. If Fulham wants to win in this match and improve their place in the league table, they need to improve their game. Inconsistencies have been an issue for them this season, an issue they need to address. Despite their consistencies, Fulham managed to pull off good results this month. Fortunately for them, they are coming into this match from a 2-1 win on their previous game. As they play in this match, they are aiming for a similar result to continue their good momentum.

As opposed to the misfortunes of the Villa, Fulham are fortunate that they can welcome back some of their stars. Daniel James, and long-term absentee, Neeskens Kebano are expected to return for Fulham. Meanwhile, Layvin Kurzawa is still out for Fulham in this game.

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