U18 Preview: Saints vs Aston Villa

By SFC Media time Fri 03 Feb Saints vs Aston Villa
Photo by Isabelle Field | Joe Andrews

Southampton’s Under-18s are in knockout football action as they host Aston Villa in the Under-18 Premier League Cup quarter-finals at Staplewood this weekend.

Saints vs Aston Villa
U18s Premier League Cup quarter-finals
Staplewood Campus
Saturday 4th February, 11:00 GMT
Behind closed doors

Saints progressed to the knockout stages as Group B winners, overcoming Chelsea, Everton, and Derby County with an unbeaten group stage performance.

Since the competition's introduction in the 2017/18 season, Saints have never reached the knockout stages; this year's progress is already their best-ever record in the tournament.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 03: Sonnie Davis of Southampton during the U18 Premier League Cup match between Southampton U18s and Chelsea at Staplewood Training Ground on September 03, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Isabelle Field/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Saints are in the knockout stages for the first time ever

Aston Villa are also enjoying their best display in the competition as they too have never reached the knockout stages before.

In Group C, two wins and one defeat were enough to see the Villans advance in top spot as they impressively knocked out Newcastle, Arsenal, and Manchester United.


This is the third time that both sides have met this season, as a dramatic opening day draw was followed with the recent FA Youth Cup fourth round fixture.

Saints ran out 4-1 winners at Villa Park just three weeks ago thanks two braces from Jimmy-Jay Morgan and Tyler Dibling.


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