Written by Regan Francis
After Aston Villa’s disappointing draw at Villa Park to Sunderland last Saturday and Southampton’s painful 3-1 loss to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday evening, the two sides come head-to-head on Wednesday evening at St Mary’s.
From a neutral point of view it couldn’t be more intriguing as the Saints are flying at the minute and have done a lot to show they are no longer the underdogs and have become surprise team of the season. Villa are much improved from last season but however are still struggling to put together consecutive wins.
Paul Lambert’s men currently sit in 11th place and a much needed win could lift them up to the top half of the table. A Southampton win could see Lambert’s men move into 4th. Expect a close encounter as both teams are on par with each other in terms of players, but Southampton are currently playing the better football. Rickie Lambert could be a key factor if he starts, having scored three goals in the two Premier League meetings with Southampton last season.
In defence Southampton have been solid all season, allowing their opponents just 13 shots on target at St Marys this season – fewer than any other team at home. Previous form also needs to be taken into account, as Southampton managed to complete the double over Villa last season winning 4-1 at home and 1-0 at Villa Park.
In conclusion it will be close but a 2-1 win for Southampton could be on the cards considering their recent form.
Southampton v Aston Villa Match Stats
Rickie Lambert scored three goals in the two Barclays Premier League meetings with Aston Villa last season.
Aston Villa have drawn the most away matches in Premier League history (129) including the last three in a row.
The Saints have lost just one of their last 11 Premier League games at St Mary’s (W6 D4 L1), including winning the last four in a row.
The last time that Southampton won five successive Premier League home games was back in March 1999.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have conceded just one goal in their last five Premier League home matches.
Southampton have allowed their opponents just 13 shots on target at St Mary’s this season - fewer than any other team at home.
In Villa’s last 10 Premier League games they have either kept a clean sheet (five times) or conceded exactly two goals (five times).
Paul Lambert’s side have failed to score in five of their last seven Premier League games, but scored exactly two in each of the other two games.
Aston Villa are unbeaten in their last four Premier League matches; keeping three clean sheets in the process, but three of those matches have been draws (W1 D3).
Southampton have both scored and conceded a goal after 13 seconds in the Premier League this season.
The Saints have lost two successive Premier League games. They have not lost three in a row under Mauricio Pochettino.