Southampton vs Aston Villa Predictions
- Sky Sports Main Event
- Seven goals were scored when Southampton and Aston Villa met earlier in the campaign.
- Over 2.5 goals were scored in 12 of Aston Villa’s 18 league games this season.
- Aston Villa conceded seven goals in their last three Premier League away assignments.
- Aston Villa’s league matches have averaged 3.0 goals per 90 minutes this season.
Mid-table battle at St Mary’s
Southampton and Aston Villa traded blows in a seven-goal thriller when they last met in November, and Saturday’s rematch between the teams promises to have viewers on the edge of their seats again.
The Saints will want to bounce back after they failed to make the most of an early lead given to them by Stuart Armstrong against Arsenal in midweek, on a disappointing evening where Southampton were eventually overpowered by a resurgent Gunners side in a 3-1 reverse.
With nine first team squad members currently sidelined, Ralph Hasenhüttl has been contending with a major injury crisis of late, and Southampton looked a little overworked and a little weary against Arsenal as a result
Villa come unstuck at Burnley
Dean Smith was left bewildered on Wednesday evening when his Villa team left Turf Moor with nothing, having dominated for extended periods in their eventual 3-2 loss to Burnley.
The Villains played some lovely football and created plenty of chances in Lancashire, though defensive lapses at the back saw them relinquish the lead twice against the spirited Clarets.
Villa – who dropped to 10th following their midweek misstep – still have a game in hand on most of the teams around them, though their run of one win in five assignments suggests they lack the momentum to make the most of their catch-up fixture.
Exciting contest anticipated on the south coast
After flirting with a top four challenge in the early exchanges of the campaign, both Southampton and Aston Villa have drifted south towards the Premier League’s mid-section in recent weeks, however, despite their shared regression in results, we expect the teams to deliver an exciting game on Saturday.
The Saints beat Villa by the odd goal in seven during a pulsating first league encounter in November, and Saturday’s return fixture could be just as gripping a spectacle.
Villa are always excellent value in the entertainment stakes. Only Liverpool and Man City have averaged more attempts per game than the Villains (15.7), while over 2.5 goals backers have been rewarded in 12 of their 18 league assignments this term.
With goalmouth action anticipated again, backing the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score combination looks a smart move, while our 2-2 correct score prediction tips the sides to share the spoils after a slugfest.
Even with injuries mounting, the Saints are tough to beat at home. Only the two Manchester giants and Arsenal have left St. Mary’s Stadium with maximum points since September, and Villa are without a win in four on the road.
Dean Smith’s men conceded at least twice in each of their last three tests away from Villa Park, but with Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins back in goal-getting form, the visitors should have the firepower to cancel out their leakiness at the back.
Southampton injuries and team news
Southampton have a lengthy injury list to bear, with Jannik Vestergaard, Mohammed Salisu, Michael Obafemi, Moussa Djenepo, William Smallbone and Nathan Tella all out.
Oriol Romeu and Kyle Walker-Peters will hope to be back in time to feature however, while Nathan Redmond makes a welcome return from suspension for the Saints.
Aston Villa injuries and team news
Villa signed Morgan Sanson from Marseille for £16m this week and the midfielder could make his debut at St Mary’s.
Bertrand Traore, Anwar El-Ghazi and Trezeguet will battle it out again for a starting spot on the flank, though defender Kortney Hause remains sidelined.
- 22 Feb