B Team Preview: Saints vs Aston Villa

By SFC Media time Fri 29 Oct Saints vs Aston Villa
Photo by Isabelle Field | Dom Ballard

Southampton’s B team will be looking to continue their upturn in Premier League 2 form this weekend, with Aston Villa visiting Snows Stadium on Sunday.

THE MATCH

Saints vs Aston Villa
Premier League 2
Snows Stadium
Sunday 31st October, 2pm GMT
For ticket details see below

Saints made it three unbeaten and back-to-back wins on Monday night with a narrow but dominant victory over Reading at Madjeski Stadium.

Despite having a wealth of chances it took until the 55th minute for Dave Horseman’s side to make the breakthrough, courtesy of Dom Ballard’s solo run.

The points were secured in part also to stubborn back line, who have now only conceded once in 270 minutes of football.

Villa have enjoyed a strong start to the season on the back of winning the 2021 FA Youth Cup against Liverpool in May.

However the Villains suffered just their second defeat of the season last-time-out, Bill Harris’ hat-trick securing a 3-2 win for visiting Sunderland at Aston Villa’s training ground.

TICKET DETAILS

After securing back-to-back Premier League 2 wins on Monday, Saints will be in a confident mood upon their return to Snows Stadium this weekend.

Against a strong Villa side the team will need their home backing if they were to continue their impressive surge in recent weeks.

Tickets are available for this Sunday’s clash priced as follows:

Adults - £3

Under-18s - Free


You can purchase tickets using the link below, we advise you claim your ticket ahead of matchday:

Saints b vs Aston Villa tickets

Parking is not available at Snows Stadium, however is instead obtainable at nearby Calmore Industrial Park (approximately three minute walk from the ground).


LAST MEETING

 

Saints last faced Aston Villa during their Premier League 2 Division 2 play-off push of 2018/19.

 

In front of 623 fans at St Mary’s Stadium the hosts took an early lead through Will Smallbone inside ten minutes.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MAY 03: Will Smallbone of Southampton (right) celebrates with Dan Nlundulu (left) after scoring from the penalty spot during the U23s PL2 Play off Semi-Final between Southampton FC and Aston Villa FC pictured at St Mary's Stadium on May 03, 2019 in Southampton, England. (Photo by James Bridle - Southampton FC/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints celebrate Smallbone's opener.

With the likes of Oludare Olufunwa, Will Ferry and Dan Nlunudlu all involved the Saints pushed for a second which would seal their place in the PL2 play-off final.

This second came via a stunning Tom O’Connor free kick late in the second half, which set up a final against Newcastle United the week after.


MANAGER’S NOTES

 

“Obviously they won the FA Youth Cup at a canter last year,” said Horseman on Sunday’s opponents. “I think they’ve got some outstanding players.

 

“It’s probably a good time to have this test because we’re playing quite well, we’ve won our last couple of games.

 

“Let’s see if our best players can step up against their best ones. We know they’re probably the most talented in the league.

 

“They’ve spent their money really well and developed a few through the system really well, it’s going to be a tough game against some really good footballers.”

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