Premier League Preview: Southampton - Aston Villa
The Saints are looking to move off the bottom of the table after a difficult start, but they will have to fight against a resurgent Villans squad led by manager Paul Lambert.
By Tom J Doyle
Clyne, Yoshida, Fonte, Fox
Schneiderlin, S Davis
Puncheon, Lallana, Ramirez
Lowton, Clark, Vlaar, Lichaj
Bannan, Ireland, El Ahmadi
Southampton has three injury doubts for Saturday's match - Jos Hooiveld (calf) was forced off early last time out against Arsenal, and 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 last week 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 is yet to pick up a single point in the 2012-13 Premier League campaign.
- Aston Villa has only scored four times in its last 10 away league games.
- Southampton has allowed 28 shots this season, more than any other top-flight club.
- With nine yellow cards and a red, Villa has 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 (six) than any other top flight club this season.
- Southampton has tied Swindon for the most goals conceded after four games (14) in the history of the Premier League.
Top 3 Predictions
Southampton 1-2 Aston Villa
- 12.18 %
Southampton 0-2 Aston Villa
- 12.18 %
Southampton 2-1 Aston Villa
- 11.86 %
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Dec 4, 2013||Southampton 2 - Aston Villa 3|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Jan 12, 2013||Aston Villa 0 - Southampton 1|
|English Premier League (EPL) (EPL)||Sep 22, 2012||Southampton 4 - Aston Villa 1|
|Dec 14, 2013||Newcastle 1 - Southampton 1||EPL|
|Dec 7, 2013||Southampton 1 - Manchester City 1||EPL|
|Dec 4, 2013||Southampton 2 - Aston Villa 3||EPL|
|Dec 1, 2013||Chelsea 3 - Southampton 1||EPL|
|Nov 23, 2013||Arsenal 2 - Southampton 0||EPL|
|6||Jose Rocha Fonte||Defender|
|21||Guilherme Do Prado||Midfielder|
|8||Karim El Ahmadi||Midfielder|
|21||Jordan Nathaniel Bowery||Striker|
Times In EDT
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