MATCH PREVIEW: Southampton vs Aston Villa

By SFC Media time Fri 04 Dec Club

saintsfc.co.uk has the lowdown ahead of Southampton's Barclays Premier League clash with Aston Villa at St Mary's.


Southampton will be looking to bounce back from the disappointment of Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup exit when Aston Villa visit St Mary’s.

After the defeat to Liverpool, and two losses in the Barclays Premier League before that, Ronald Koeman’s men will be looking to return to winning ways against the league’s bottom club.

Villa have not won since their opening game of the season at AFC Bournemouth, having lost all six of their games on the road since that victory.

Saints meanwhile sit tenth in the table after 14 games, with three wins, one draw and three defeats at St Mary’s so far this season.

The two sides met as recently as October, when goals from Maya Yoshida and Graziano Pellè helped Saints to a 2-1 victory in the Capital One Cup.

Ronald Koeman will once again be without Jay Rodriguez, Fraser Forster and Florin Gardos, but is hopeful captain José Fonte will be available again after missing the Liverpool game through injury.

Rémi Garde confirmed Gabby Agbonlahor is back in training, but Tiago Ilori and Jose Angel Crespo are both out of this weekend’s game. Jack Grealish won’t be involved again.

Captain Micah Richards is also a doubt for this weekend, while Ciaran Clark will miss the game through suspension.

Winger Scott Sinclair has featured in two of the three games Rémi Garde has been in charge of since taking the job at Aston Villa.

The former Chelsea and Swansea City winger has found the net six times this season, including a hat-trick in the Capital One Cup.

He also scored when Villa visited St Mary’s back in October, scoring from the penalty spot to grab a late consolation as Saints progressed.

The 26 year-old has made 13 appearances in total this season, and possesses pace to cause problems for any Premier League defence.

The last four Premier League meetings between the two sides at St Mary’s have averaged 5.5 goals per game.

Southampton are unbeaten in their last four meetings with Aston Villa (W2 D2).

Aston Villa have won five points from their opening 14 games of the season – all seven teams to have won seven points or fewer from their first 14 games of a Premier League season prior to 2015-16 have been relegated.

Following Shane Long’s goal against Manchester City last weekend, Southampton have scored a league-high seven headed goals, whereas last season they managed a league-low three in total.

You can follow all the action from Saturday's game at St Mary's via the club’s social media channels. We’ll have live updates on Twitter, goal updates on Facebook and a liveblog running on saintsfc.co.uk .

After the game, we’ll have reaction on youtube.com/southamptonfc, as well as saintsfc.co.uk .

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