Match Pack: Saints vs Villa

By SFC Media time Thu 04 Nov Saints vs Aston Villa

Friday night football returns to St Mary’s as Southampton host Aston Villa in the Premier League.

THE MATCH

Saints vs Aston Villa
Premier League
St Mary’s Stadium
Friday 5th November, 8pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Andy Madley
Assistants: Darren Cann, Derek Eaton
Fourth official: Michael Salisbury
VAR: Stuart Attwell
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

WHICH KIT WILL SAINTS BE WEARING?


Saints will be wearing their red and black home kit on Friday.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Three points would provide a huge boost for either side as we head into the international break.

Saints and Villa sit side-by-side in the current Premier League standings, with Saints just one point ahead.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s men claimed their first away victory of the season last weekend at Watford and will be looking to build on their points tally.

Dean Smith’s side haven’t won in the league since their 1-0 victory over Manchester United in September.

TEAM NEWS


Hasenhüttl receives a huge boost as Armando Broja is available for selction on Friday, while Moussa Djenepo also returns.

Jack Stephens remains sidelined.

Ex-Saint Danny Ings, Bertrand Traoré and Douglas Luiz are out for the visitors, while Erzi Konsa serves his suspension.

Dean Smith is boosted by the return of Morgan Sanson and Jaden Philogene-Bidace to training.

THE MANAGERS

Ralph Hasenhüttl:
"It's important that we know that games against teams that are struggling a little are even more difficult because they need only a few positive moments to get in a good rhythm.”

Dean Smith: “There is no panic, we’re in control and determined to put things right. There has been a reaction from all the players because they are disappointed with the results.”

ONES TO WATCH

James Ward-Prowse
: The captain has a notoriously strong record against Villa,  playing a part in five goals in the last five meetings between the two sides.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 02: James Ward-Prowse during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on November 02, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
James Ward-Prowse has an impressive record against Friday night's opponents

John McGinn: The Scot has continued to impress in an otherwise turbulent season for Villa so far. The midfielder ranks highly in the current squad, topping the table for final-third passes as well as crosses completed.

Southampton:

Goals:

Elyounoussi, Broja 4
Ward-Prowse, Adams 2

Assists:
Nathan Redmond 3
Elyounoussi, Ward-Prowse 2

Mohamed Elyounoussi
Attack stats
goalGoals
4
Total shots
19
Shots on target
12
Conversion rate
21%
Mins per goal
175
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Aston Villa:

Goals:

Cameron Archer 4
El Ghazi, Ings 3
McGinn, Watkins 2

Assists:

El Ghazi, Ings, Bailey, Luiz 2

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 80
Saints: 28
Draws: 23
Aston Villa: 29

LAST FIVE MEETINGS

January 2021: Saints 0-1 Aston Villa
November 2020: Aston Villa 3-4 Saints (Vestergaard, Ward-Prowse, Ings)
February 2020: Saints 2-0 Aston Villa (Long, Armstrong)
December 2019: Aston Villa 1-3 Saints (Ings, Stephens)
April 2016: Aston Villa 2-4 Saints (Long, Tadić, Mané)

DID YOU KNOW?

- Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse has been involved in more Premier League goals against Aston Villa than he has vs any other side in the competition (5 – 2 goals, 3 assists).
- Southampton have taken seven points from their last three Premier League matches (W2 D1), as many as in their previous 10 games combined (W1 D4 L5).
- Southampton have lost just one of their last nine Premier League meetings with Aston Villa (W5 D3), though it was in this exact fixture in their last such meeting in January (0-1).

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