The Saints will try to win another 3 points.

Last updated: April 19, 2016 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: Villa Park
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLLLL
Away form: DWLWW
Last season: 1-1
Competition: The Premier League

Marcus Rashford sat his school exams on Friday. Then, on Saturday, the youngster sent The Villains down to The Championship! That’s the situation for Aston Villa. This is the worst Premier League season for The Villains. They have won only 3 of 34 matches. Moreover, Aston Villa are on a run of 9 consecutive defeats in The Premiership. In addition, The Villains have failed to score in 6 of these matches and have conceded 25 goals.

On the other hand, Southampton are very close to 6th in the standings. So, Ronald Koeman’s players will be motivated to earn another 3 points. The Saints finished with a draw (1-1) against Everton in the previous round of the competition. Sadio Mane score the equalizer for Southampton in the 76th minute.

Furthermore, it’s been 12 years since Aston Villa’s last victory against Southampton at Villa Park. But The Villains have an advantage at home in the Head to Head battle against The Saints. The Lions have recorded 13 victories of 30 games, while Southampton have won 6 away matches.

Team News

Jordan Amavi is the only injured player in Aston Villa’s squad. The defender will be sidelined for all Lions matches until the end of the season.

Gabriel Agbonlahor went off the rails after his team’s defeat last weekend. He consoled himself all night long with alcohol and girls. However, Agbonlahor has already been excluded from the first team.

Charlie Austin is again injured for Southampton. The striker has a problem with his knee. Austin has scored 1 goal in 6 games for The Saints.

Florin Gardos still can’t resume full training. The Romanian defender is suffering from a knee injury and missed all the games for Southampton this season.

Expected line-ups:

Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Richards, Hutton, Cissokho, Lescott, Gueye, Bacuna, Westwood, Veretout, Charles Gil, Ayew.
Subs Lyden, Okore, Gestede, Clark, Sinclair, Bunn, Richardson.
Injured: Amavi.
Not available:
Southampton (3-5-1-1): Forster, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Wanyama, Tadic, Targett, Clasie, Mane, Long, Pelle.
Subs Yoshida, Stekelenburg, Oriol Romeu, Davis, Juanmi, Ward-Prowse, Soares.
Injured: Gardos, Austin.
Not available:

Key Battle

westwood Westwood this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
27 (1) 2360 0 1,2 1 0 6 0
Mane this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
27 (6) 2346 6 2,3 6 2 3 2

So far this season

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Aston Villa this season Southampton this season
20 League Position 7
2 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 9 (5)
2-0 vs Norwich Biggest win 4-0 vs. Arsenal
4 (3) (at home) Draws (away) 3 (6)
11 (13) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (6)
0-6 to Liverpool Biggest Defeat 0-3 to Everton
Ayew (6) Top scorer Pelle (10)
veretout (5) Assist Leader Tadic (7)
Y68, R2 Discipline Y51, R6
16 Failures to score 10
4 Clean Sheets 12
15 Both Teams to Score Games 15
15 Over 2.5 Games 15
19 Under 2.5 Games 19
  • There has been the option of ‘under 2.5 goals scored’ in 7 of Southampton’s last 8 Premier League matches away from The St. Mary’s Stadium.
  • The last time Aston Villa won a match at home was on 6th February 2016. The Villains recorded a 2-0 victory over Norwich City.
  • The Saints have only lost 2 of their last 7 away matches in The Premier League. Southampton have only lost 6 of 17 games away from home this season.
  • Aston Villa have the worst attack and defence in the league. The Villains have scored only 23 goals and have conceded 65!

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
05/12/15 The Premier League Southampton 1-1 Aston Villa J. Lescott 44′
28/10/15 The Capital One Cup Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa M. Yoshida 51′
16/05/15 The Premier League Southampton 6-1 Aston Villa S. Mané 13′
24/11/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton G. Agbonlahor 29′
19/04/14 The Premier League Aston Villa 0-0 Southampton