Aston Villa will visit St. Mary's Stadium this coming Friday for a Premier League fixture with home side Southampton. Aston Villa come visiting Southampton, who finished last season in the Premier League as number 15 on 43 points. In contrast, the aforementioned visitors finished number 11 on 55 points.
Ranked 14th in the Premier League, The Saints have collected 11 points from 10 games. On 10 points, Aston Villa see themselves ranked as number 15 after 10 matches. Entering the match as a favourite, Southampton will be highly motivated to extend their unbeaten streak in the Premier League.
Southampton go into their next Premier League match averaging a humble 0.9 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a mundane total of 9 goals, while also conceding 12 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.2 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 4 times.
Aston Villa travel to their next Premier League match, averaging a lowly 1.4 goals per game in their last 10 matches. They scored a disappointing total of 14 goals, while also conceding 19 goals. That amounts to an average of 1.9 per game, in which they kept their opponents from scoring 3 times.
Stats and facts for Southampton and Aston Villa.
- Southampton unbeaten the last 3 matches in a row;
- Total goals was UNDER 3.5 in Southampton's last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was UNDER 2.5 in Southampton's last 5 of 7 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 3.5 in Southampton's last 2 of 4 matches.
- Aston Villa has lost the last 4 matches in a row;
- Aston Villa has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches;
- Aston Villa has lost in the last 4 of 5 matches when playing away;
- Aston Villa scored in the last 18 of 20 matches.
Current form — Southampton v. Aston Villa
Southampton enjoy steady progress
Results have been pretty much up to scratch in recent matches for Southampton, who have performed more or less according to expectations. Southampton look solid right now with no defeats in 3 matches, which started by drawing 2-2 against Burnley. They followed that up by sharing the spoils with Chelsea in a 1-1 draw, before downing Watford in a 1-0 encounter.
The Villans can build on recent win
Aston Villa go into this encounter on the back of some poor performances in the league. Aston Villa have had to endure a tough spell in their last 3 matches, from which they have nothing to show. They were beaten 2-3 by Wolves, before Arsenal ran out 3-1 winners. A third defeat on the trot followed against West Ham, who came out 1-4 winners.
On paper the two sides seem evenly matched, at least right now, however judging by recent performances Southampton look the value pick here at odds 2.10. The away win could settle for odds 3.40, should the visitors manage to escape with all 3 points. At point for each team pays out at 3.50 with the bookmakers.
Southampton v. Aston Villa — fixture history
The latest match between The Villans and Southampton was a close affair, with Aston Villa grabbing a small 1-0 victory. Southampton head into their upcoming match against Aston Villa with a 50% winning record in recent Premier League meetings. In 10 encounters, that amounts to a 5-3-2 record for the home side, as they amassed a win rate of 20%.
Current table in the Premier League
Glancing at the Premier League table it is obvious that this match is vital for the opposing teams as there is only 1 point difference between them. This means that in the league match 11 for Aston Villa, they have an opportunity to catch up or even climb past Southampton in the league standings. Southampton, who ranks as number 14 with 11 points, will do their best at least maintain the current gap to their upcoming opponents. All in all there is much at stake on Friday and a lot to be thrilled about.
Man of the Moment
Che Adams has been hitting the target on a regular basis in recent matches. The Saints will no doubt look to him for more goals in their next match against Aston Villa. The visitors are surely hoping Ollie Watkins adds another to his current total. With 3 goals in the last six matches, Ollie Watkins boasts a decent goal to games ratio.