The Villains are heading to The Championship

Last updated: December 2, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Saturday, 3pm
Venue: St. Mary’s Stadium
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLWWW
Away form: LLDLL
Last season: 6-1
Competition: The Premier League

After 14 rounds, Aston Villa are lying 20th, the last place in the standings, with only 1 victory and 5 points. They are 7 points away from 17th spot and if they keep playing that way and losing game after game there is only one option, it’s called ‘The Championship’. The Lions haven’t won a Premiership match since the first game of the season, when they won 1-0 at The Vitality Stadium against Bournemouth. Most of Villa’s players have lost their confidence and now it will be much harder for them to earn another 3 points.

Despite playing well in the last round, Southampton lost to Manchester City 1-3. The Saints have performed at the top level all season and are lying in 10th position in the division. In addition, their top striker Graziano Pelle who missed the visit to The Etihad Stadium will be ready to play against Aston Villa.

The Villains lost their last 6 away matches in The Premier League. Their defence is one of the worst in the division. Aston Villa have conceded 27 goals in total. Furthermore, Villa’s strikers have scored only 12 goals in 14 games, which means their attacking play is the worst in The Premiership.

Team News

Agbonlahor and Amavi have still not recovered from their injuries and are going to miss the visit to The St. Mary’s Stadium.

The same names are in Southampton’s injury list – Rodriguez (ankle injury), Gardos (knee injury) and Forster (knee injury).

Graziano Pelle, who has scored 6 goals in 13 games for Southampton, is ready to play and is going to be among the starting XI.

Gary Gardner is likely to play his first match of the season for Aston Villa, after recovering from an ankle injury.

Quotes of the week

ronald koeman is not pleased Ronald Koeman (Southampton) : “You can ask again about Sadio, Manchester United, Chelsea, but we will sell nobody in January.”

Remi Garde Remi Garde (Aston Villa) : “I am very close with all my players and I am open-minded and I can understand some stuff.”

Expected line-ups:

Southampton (4-2-3-1): Stekelenburg, van Dijk, Fonte, Bertrand, Soares, Ward-Prowse, Davis, Clasie, Tadic, Mane, Pelle.
Subs Davis, Martina, Caulker, Oriol Romeu, Long, Wanyama, Yoshida.
Injured: Rodriguez, Gardos, Forster
Not available:
Aston Villa (4-2-3-1): Guzan, Hutton, Richardson, Clark, Lescott, Bacuna, Veretout, Sinclair, N’Zogbia, Ayew, Charles Gil.
Subs Grealish, Jose Crespo, Gestede, Sanchez, Westwood, Lescott, Bunn.
Injured: Agbonlahor, Amavi, llori
Not available:

Key Battle

Graziano Pelle this season

Pelle this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
13 1159 6 3,5 2 1 5 0
scott sinclair on the field Sinclair this season
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
10 764 2 1 0 0 0 0

So far this season

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Southampton this season Aston Villa this season
10 League Position 20
3 (2) (at home) Wins (away) 0 (1)
3-0 vs. Norwich Biggest win 1-0 vs. Bournemouth
1 (4) (at home) Draws (away) 2 (0)
3 (1) (at home) Losses (away) 5 (6)
0-3 to Everton Biggest Defeat 0-4 to Everton
Pelle (6) Top scorer Ayew, Gstede (3)
Mane (5) Assist Leader Agbonlahor, Amavi (2)
Y28, R2 Discipline Y26, R0
4 Failures to score 6
5 Clean Sheets 2
7 Both Teams to Score Games 7
8 Over 2.5 Games 8
6 Under 2.5 Games 6
  • Southampton have won 16 of 31 home matches against The Villains. Aston Villa have recorded only 9 away victories. There has been 6 draws.
  • The Saints won their last Premiership match against Villa 6-1. Mane scored a hat-trick, Shane Long added two goals and Pelle scored the sixth goal in The Lions’ net.
  • Aston Villa have won 1 and have lost 6 away games in The Premier League this season. The Villains have collected only 5 points so far.
  • Southampton have lost 3 of 7 home games. Their biggest defeat was against Everton when they lost 0-3. The number of home victories are the same – 3.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goal-scorer
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
04/12/13 The Premier League Southampton 2-3 Aston Villa G. Agbonlahor 15′