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The Premier League meeting at Villa Park on Friday will see hosts Aston Villa do battle with Southampton.
View all of the Aston Villa v Southampton predictions, poll and stats below - along with the latest match odds.
Aston Villa will play in this game following on from a 1-1 Premier League stalemate against Manchester City.
In that match, Aston Villa had 27% possession and 3 shots at goal with 1 on target. The only player on the scoresheet for Aston Villa was Leon Bailey (74'). For their opponents, Manchester City had 13 shots on goal with 4 on target. Erling Haaland (50') scored for Manchester City.
Aston Villa have not been the best at stopping their opponents of late, although they’ve also found ways to hit the back of the net themselves. Looking at their last 6 games, Aston Villa have been punished defensively in 6 of them as well as managing to get on the scoresheet in 5 of those matches. That aside, we must now wait to see whether that pattern shall persist in this match or not.
Since suffering a loss in their previous game against Wolverhampton Wanderers in Premier League action, Southampton will be aiming to make amends here.
In that match, Southampton had 49% possession and 12 shots at goal with 1 of them on target. Wolverhampton Wanderers got 7 shots at goal with 2 on target. Daniel Podence (45') scored for Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The stats don’t lie, and Southampton have been scored against in 5 of their last 6 games, with opponents netting 6 goals in total. In defence, Southampton have seen their frailties exposed.
Head to head
A glance at their past head-to-head clashes stretching back to 21/12/2019 tells us that Aston Villa have won 2 of them & Southampton 4, with the tally of drawn matches being 0.
In all, 19 goals were scored between them throughout the course of those matches, with 9 from The Villans and 10 being from The Saints. This gives an average number of goals per game equal to 3.17.
Team News: Aston Villa
Diego Carlos (Achilles tendon rupture) and Jed Steer (Achilles tendon problems) are not available for Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard.
We are thinking that The Villans will probably go for a 4-3-2-1 system for the game with Emiliano Martinez, Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Lucas Digne, Jacob Ramsey, Boubacar Kamara, John McGinn, Leon Bailey, Philippe Coutinho and Ollie Watkins.
Team News: Southampton
Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl has a number of players out of action. Tino Livramento (Cruciate Ligament Rupture) and Roméo Lavia (Hamstring Injury) will miss out on this game.
It’s our belief that The Saints might make use of a 4-2-3-1 formation by sending out Gavin Bazunu, Kyle Walker-Peters, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Mohammed Salisu, Romain Perraud, Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Moussa Djenepo, Adam Armstrong and Che Adams.
We’ve got the feeling that Southampton are capable enough to breach the defence of this Aston Villa team, however it realistically won’t be enough to avoid a loss.
We reckon that it will be a narrow 2-1 winning margin for Aston Villa at the end of the match. Hopefully this is a good one.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Villa Park (42,682)
Captain: John McGinn
Chairman: Nassef Sawiris
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Competitions: Premier League position 17, EFL Cup (Third Round)