Gerrard eyes winning start to Villa reign

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2021/22 English Premier League

Matchday 12 of 38

Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion 

Villa Park 
Birmingham, England
Saturday, 20 November 2021 
Kick-off is at 17:00  

New Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard will be eager to get off to a positive start when his team host Brighton & Hove Albion in a 2021/22 English Premier League fixture on Saturday. 

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The Liverpool legend and former Rangers manager was appointed as Dean Smith's successor last week. Villa parted company with Smith following a run of five straight defeats in the league. 
"The excitement levels are really, really high," Gerrard told VillaTV. "I'm very hungry, very ambitious and the start can't come quickly enough.

"I think coming to Villa, competing against Villa for many, many years, I know the size of the club, I know the standards that are already here. 

"I know many of the players, I played for England with a lot of the players. I played with Ashley Young, who I've spoken to, I know Danny Ings very well from his time at Liverpool when I was a coach," he added. 
Brighton have drawn five of their last six matches and are without a Premier League win since mid-September following a 1-1 draw at home to Newcastle United before the international break. 

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Brighton took four points off Villa last season. The Seagulls won 2-1 at Villa Park before a 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture at Amex Stadium. 

Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion head-to-head statistics:

Matches played: 16
Aston Villa wins: 8
Brighton & Hove Albion wins: 2
Draws: 6

English Premier League fixtures, matchday 12: 

Saturday, 20 November 
14:30 - Leicester City vs Chelsea 
17:00 - Newcastle United vs Brentford 
17:00 - Burnley vs Crystal Palace 
17:00 - Aston Villa vs Brighton & Hove Albion 
17:00 - Watford vs Manchester United 
17:00 - Wolverhampton Wanderers vs West Ham United 
17:00 - Norwich City vs Southampton
19:30 - Liverpool vs Arsenal 
Sunday, 21 November 
16:00 - Manchester City vs Everton 
18:30 - Tottenham Hotspur vs Leeds United 

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Published: 11/16/2021