Speaking ahead of the match in his latest press conference, Saints manager Ralph Hasenhuttl revealed that Armando Broja will be available to play after missing last week’s win with an ankle injury, so Jack Stephens will be the only Southampton player set to miss tonight’s clash.
With this in mind, here’s how we feel Southampton could line up against Dean Smith’s side.
In goal, considering that he’s played in every league game for the Saints so far this term, it’s safe to say that Alex McCarthy is likely to keep his place in the team.
At the back, we think Hasenhuttl will stick with the same four which managed to keep a clean sheet at Vicarage Road, with Valentino Livramento at right-back, Mohammed Salisu and Jan Bednarek in the centre and Kyle Walker-Peters at left-back after impressing against Watford, where he earned himself an overall match rating of 8/10 for his efforts from SofaScore.
In the centre of midfield, we reckon the Austrian will again stick with the pairing of Oriol Romeu and club captain James Ward-Prowse, for whom Villa made a £25m bid during the summer.
On the wings, we can see Hasenhuttl sticking with Nathan Redmond on the left but bringing in Nathan Tella, who played and scored for the Southampton B team last weekend against Villa’s under-23 side, on the right. Mohamed Elyounoussi, who is currently earning a weekly wage of £60k-per-week according to Spotrac, duly drops out, having failed to score in his last six league starts since the 2-2 draw at Newcastle in late August, as per WhoScored.
Up top, with Broja back in contention to play, we think Hasenhuttl will put him straight back into the team if he is fit to start, given how he scored in his two previous league outings for the Saints against Leeds United and Burnley. Adam Armstrong returns to the substitutes’ bench.
Next to Broja, given how he scored the winner and his first league goal of the season against Watford, it would make sense for Hasenhuttl to keep Che Adams in the team to see if he can add another goal to his tally for the season against Villa, who have lost their last four league matches.