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Aston Villa vs Fulham Prediction & Match Preview



Aston Villa vs Fulham Prediction & Match Preview

Aston Villa will be looking to make amends for a 2-0 loss to Tottenham when they take on Fulham at their Villa Park on Sunday afternoon. 

The Villans failed to win the previous four league fixtures, but they will not have a better chance than this to get back on course. 

Since Dean Smith can count on key players for the match, home win should definitely be considered.

The Cottagers, on the other hand, head into the match following back-to-back losses to Man City and Leeds United, and given Aston Villa’s fine home record, we predict that Dean Smith’s troops are going to pick up all three points from the match. 

Despite scoring goals for fun for Serbia in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, Aleksandar Mitrovic is likely to start from the bench. 

Left-footed midfielder Tom Cairney should be the only absentee in the away team ahead of the trip to Birmingham.

Aston Villa vs Fulham: Head to Head

Teams Aston Villa Fulham played so far 34 matches.
Aston Villa won 12 direct matches. Fulham won 11 matches. 11 matches ended in a draw. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.32 goals per Match.

Aston Villa vs Fulham: Prediction

Aston Villa in actual season average scored 1.42 goals per match. In 10 (62.50%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 8 (50.00%) matches in season 2021 played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

Fulham average scored 0.80 goals per match in season 2021. In 11 (64.71%) matches played away was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. In 4 (23.53%) matches played away team was total goals (team and opponent) Over 2.5 goals.

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Smith has confirmed that Grealish is fit and training again, but the Villa boss understandably remained tight-lipped on whether his captain would start against Fulham.

Given his clear importance to the side, though, the England man would surely have to be further behind in his recovery than Smith has suggested not to be thrown back into the starting XI.

Having endured a period largely being named on the substitutes' bench, Ross Barkley could also be trusted once again, having initially enjoyed a superb understanding with Grealish after joining on loan from Chelsea earlier in the campaign.

Wesley and Kortney Hause have both recovered from their long-term injuries, meanwhile, but are lacking match fitness and are extremely unlikely to be involved.

Fulham will definitely travel without captain Tom Cairney, who has been sidelined since December due to a knee injury. Sunday is also likely to come too soon for goalkeeper Marek Rodak, who is continuing his recovery from a finger injury.

Bobby Reid missed both defeats to Man City and Leeds due to a hamstring injury but could be involved in some capacity, with Ivan Cavaleiro potentially dropping out of the starting XI should Parker consider Reid to be fit enough to provide his usual high levels of industry and movement off the ball.

Aleksandar Mitrovic enjoyed an extremely productive international break, scoring five goals in three matches for Serbia, so could start upfront in place of Josh Maja.

Ruben Loftus-Cheek also provides an option to come into the side in place of the more defensive-minded Mario Lemina or Zambo Anguissa, with the England international's ability between the lines potentially allowing Mitrovic to stay higher up the pitch and attack crosses in the manner he does best.

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Traore, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins

Fulham possible starting lineup:
Areola; Aina, Andersen, Adarabioyo, Robinson; Reed, Anguissa; Reid, Loftus-Cheek, Lookman; Mitrovic