Saints are still bottom of the table but they have something to build on now. It has been interesting to watch James Ward-Prowse play as a number 10, and it seems like a smart move from their manager Nathan Jones. Villa have only played two away league games under Unai Emery, against Brighton and Tottenham, and have won them both. This game smells like a draw to me though. Prediction: 1-1Sutton's full predictions v The Courteeners frontman Liam FrayThey lost 1-0 against West Ham and drew 1-1 with Nottingham ForestMATCH FACTSHead-to-headSouthampton are trying to avoid losing three Premier League matches in a row against Aston Villa for the first time since April 1998 and April 1999.
Southampton v Aston Villa team newsOllie Watkins has only scored three league goals this season but is now Aston Villa's sole senior striker following the sale of Danny IngsTEAM NEWSSouthampton's Theo Walcott could be involved, having returned to training after a six-match absence with a calf injury sustained in the Carabao Cup. New recruit Charly Alcaraz is pushing for his first Premier League start. Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins has recovered from the ankle problem that prompted his substitution last weekend. Recent signing Alex Moreno is likely to make his full debut in place of the injured Lucas Digne, while Matty Cash and Ludwig Augustinsson are fit.
In the reverse fixture this season, Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa defeated Ralph Hasenhuttl's Southampton 1-0 at Villa Park in September courtesy of a goal by Jacob Ramsey. Villa can do the double over Saints for the first time since 2004-05, although their only competitive win in the past six visits to St Mary's came in the league two years ago (D1, L4). SouthamptonSouthampton can earn four consecutive victories in all competitions for the first time since September 2016 under Claude Puel. Their 2-1 win at Everton last time out ended a club record-equalling run of six successive league defeats.
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