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September 22, 2012 3:00 PM BST
St. Mary's Stadium — Southampton, Hampshire
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 30713‎
 
Darren Bent 36′
 
72′ (OG) Ciaran Clark
 
90+5′ (PG) Rickie Lambert
 

Southampton - Aston Villa Preview: Saints looking for first points of the campaign

The south coast club are looking to move off the bottom of the table after a difficult start, but will have to fight against a resurgent Villans under Paul Lambert

By Tom J Doyle

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

SOUTHAMPTON

K Davis
Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox
Schneiderlin, S Davis
Puncheon, Lallana, Ramirez

Lambert
ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj
Bannan, Ireland, El Ahmadi
N'Zogbia
Bent, Benteke

Southampton have three injury doubts for Saturday's match - Jos Hooiveld (calf) was forced off early last time out against Arsenal, Steve De Ridder (knock) and Jack Cork (ankle) are due back at the weekend, but are unlikely to be fit enough to face the Villans.

The heavy 6-1 defeat against Arsenal may prompt Nigel Adkins to bring in new signing Gaston Ramirez for his first start, as the playmaker showed promise upon his introduction at the Emirates.

Samir Carruthers (ankle/foot) is due to return from injury on Saturday, though he may not have enough match fitness to feature for Villa.

Richard Dunne (groin) and Marc Albrighton (metatarsal) will definitely miss out, with both still being a week away from full fitness.

Gary Gardner definitely misses out with a knee injury, while Stiliyan Petrov continues his recovery from leukaemia.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Southampton are yet to pick up a single point in the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.
  • Aston Villa have only scored four times in their last ten away league games.
  • Southampton have allowed 28 shots against them this season, more than any other top-flight club.
  • With nine yellow cards and a red, Villa have the joint worst disciplinary record in the Premier League this season.
  • After losing leads to Manchester United and Manchester City, the Saints have lost more points from winning positions (6) than any other top flight club this season.
  • Southampton have conceded the joint-most goals after four games in the history of the Premier League, tying with Swindon with 14 conceded.


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Available Squads
25Paulo GazzanigaGoalkeeper
2Nathaniel ClyneDefender
3Maya YoshidaDefender
6Jose Rocha FonteDefender
13Daniel FoxDefender
4Morgan SchneiderlinMidfielder
8Steven DavisMidfielder
10G. RamírezMidfielder
20Adam LallanaMidfielder
13Jason PuncheonMidfielder
7Rickie LambertStriker
1Kelvin DavisGoalkeeper
2Frazer RichardsonDefender
25Daniel SeaborneDefender
16James Ward-ProwseMidfielder
21Guilherme Do PradoMidfielder
9Jay RodriguezStriker
24Emmanuel MayukaStriker
1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
43Eric LichajDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
32Stephen IrelandMidfielder
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
3Joseph BennettDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
21Jordan Nathaniel BoweryStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
Players to Watch
G. Ramírez
G. Ramírez
Position: Midfielder
Squad Number: 10
Games Goals YC RC
18 1 2 0
All eyes will be on the new £12 million signing, who Saints fans hope will give their side the edge in retaining possession and holding on to games. The former Bologna man is gifted with the ball and a constant menace, and will relish in linking up with the likes of Lallana and Lambert, both of which are technically talented players. He showed flashes of skill against Arsenal, but expect him to firing on all cylinders on Saturday.
Darren Bent
Darren Bent
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 39
Games Goals YC RC
22 3 0 0
He may be the stand-out player for a reason, but Aston Villa's season may well hinge upon the England striker's accuracy in front of goal. His intelligence, positional play and finishing ability are among the best in the English game, and Bent will be itching to making an impression at St Mary's. Bent got an assist against Swansea but needs a goal to kick-start his season, and a leaky Saints defence may provide him with the perfect opportunity.
Prediction
Southampton have endured a poor start to the season, yet their play has at times been scintillating, including against both Manchester clubs. Paul Lambert has given Aston Villa a tighter structure and more self-belief, but a trip to the south coast will still prove tricky. Both sides may be happy to settle for a point here.
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