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Predicted Southampton XI vs Aston Villa

Southampton return to Premier League action on Saturday evening as they host Aston Villa at St Mary’s.

Both sides have impressed in the top-flight so far this season and have spent time in the top-four spots, so it will be an interesting battle between two confident sides on the south coast.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side will be looking to bounce back from their 3-1 defeat against Arsenal in midweek, whereas Dean Smith’s side also suffered defeat against Burnley at Turf Moor.

The Austrian manager is starting to welcome back some of his regular first-team starters from injury, which suggests that changes could be likely ahead of the game against Villa.

Here’s how Football FanCast expects Hasenhuttl to line his side up on Saturday evening, with three changes from the side that started against Arsenal…

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Alex McCarthy keeps his place in goal, despite arguably not being at his best against Arsenal in midweek.

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There are two changes in the Saints defence, as Ryan Bertrand returns from suspension and replaces young Jake Vokins, who completed a loan move to League One side Sunderland earlier this week.

Jack Stephens and Jan Bednarek continue their partnership in defence, whilst Ibrahima Diallo could drop into right-back to replace Yan Valery after he struggled against the Gunners, with Hasenhuttl showing that he is willing to play the defensive-midfielder as a full-back after he replaced Vokins at left-back in midweek.

This also allows the fit-again Oriol Romeu to return in central-midfield alongside James Ward-Prowse, in what is undoubtedly a big boost for the Saints.

The final change sees Nathan Redmond start on the left-hand side to replace Theo Walcott, with the former Arsenal man having struggled in recent weeks.

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This leaves Che Adams and Danny Ings to start up top, and they will be hoping for a repeat performance from earlier in the season when the Saints impressively won 4-3 at Villa Park.

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