In the 8th matchday of the Premier League, Aston Villa will take on Southampton. The game will be played on Friday, September 16, at Aston Villa’s Villa Park stadium. The two teams will clash to take three points and move up the tally; however, only a win will allow them to bag the points.
Steven Gerrard’s team arrives at Villa Park stadium after playing a draw with Manchester City, while Southampton is coming after conceding a heartbreaking defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers. The rivals are separated by three points in the league’s tally. But the difference allows Southampton to sit five positions up in the table.
So, which team will prevail? Let’s explore what Aston Villa vs. Southampton betting odds predict.
Aston Villa Vs Southampton Betting Tips
Per the current records, the game between Aston Villa and Southampton is somewhat balanced. Both the teams looked on equal footing, and the game could go any way. However, closer looks reveal that Aston Villa is slightly superior in their defense department, which could make a difference.
Per our expert, despite Southampton’s excellent run this season, the hosts are at an advantage on their home turf. Therefore, this game might go into Aston Villa’s favor.
Prediction: 2-1 win for Aston Villa
Aston Villa vs Southampton
Date and Time: 16 Sep 2022, 19:00 UTC
Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham, England
Aston Villa vs Southampton Betting Odds
Aston Villa vs Southampton Full-Time Score
Aston Villa vs Southampton Both Teams To Score
Aston Villa vs Southampton Total Goals 2.5 (Over/Under)
Aston Villa will enter the contest after a 1-1 draw against Manchester City. It appeared that the Lions were not in the flow. Their possession rate was 28%, and they managed only three shots to the nets. Thankfully one of them converted, and that’s how Leon Bailey secured a goal for his team. While they won’t have to face a striker like Holland in their game against Southampton, the challenge is still formidable.
Overall also, Aston Villa is not in good shape. Their goal-scoring average hovers around 0.83, while they have conceded 1.67 goals per match. They have registered a single win in the premier league while conceding four losses and a draw. In total, they have only scored five goals in the premier league. At home, they have a winning probability of 33%.
On the other hand, Southampton will be coming in this game after suffering a defeat against Wolverhampton Wanderers. It will surely hope to get past the defeat and regain momentum. In their last game, Southampton did show grit, managing 50% ball possession. They also hit 12 times at the net but failed to convert. Stats revealed that Southampton is shaky in its defense, exposing them to counterattack. Out of the five games they have played recently; opponents managed to break through Southampton’s defense in five games, stealing six goals in total.
In response, Southampton has only managed 1.17 goals per match, which might be considered average. They have won 2 games till now, suffered a defeat in 3, and ended 1 in a draw. They are currently 12 out of the 20 teams and have a winning percentage of 33%.
Besides, Southampton scored seven goals in total and with a scoring percentage of 41 in the first half and 59% in the second half. But their away form is a concern that might put Aston Villa at an advantage. They have played four games away and lost two while winning only one.
Aston Villa vs Southampton Team News
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Aston Villa is dealing with injuries, and Steven Gerrard currently has to manage the options available. Diego Carlos, the star center-back, has to remain out of the team following his injury. He is recovering from his Achilles tendon rupture and won’t be making a comeback anytime soon.
Likewise, Jed Steer also won’t be available for the game. The goalkeeper suffered Achilles tendon issues and has to remain out of the team till November. Other than that, Gerards is unlikely to make any additional changes and will continue with the same lineup as in the previous match.
Aston Villa’s possible lineup against Southampton could be;
Ashley Young, Ezri Konsa, Lucas Digne, Tyrone Mings, Boubacar Kamara, John McGinn, Leon Bailey, Ollie Watkins Emiliano, Martinez, Jacob Ramsey, and Philippe Coutinho.
Southampton is in no different position than Aston Villa in the injury department. Ralph Hasenhüttl has many fitness concerns and will force the manager to rethink the team’s combination.
Tino Livramento won’t make it to the squad due to his Cruciate Ligament Rupture. Similarly, the Belgian international Roméo Lavia won’t appear on the team sheet against Aston Villa after his Hamstring Injury.
In our opinion, Hasenhüttl will most probably with the 4-2-3-1 setup. In that case, the possible Southampton Lineup against Aston Villa might look like this;
Mohamed Elyounoussi, Kyle Walker-Peters, Gavin Bazunu, Armel Bella-Kotchap, Romain Perraud, Mohammed Salisu, Ibrahima Diallo, Adam Armstrong, Joe Aribo, Jamie Ward-Prowse, and Che Adams.
Aston Villa vs Southampton Head-to-Head Stats
Head-to-head stats between Aston Villa and Southampton show that both teams are nearly on equal footing. Out of the 31 meetings both teams previously had, Aston Villa scored a victory in 11 games. On the other hand, Southampton managed to overcome its rival in 16 games.
Moreover, out of the 11 victories, Aston Villa registered, five came at its home turf – Villa Park, while the rest played away. Likewise, Southampton has managed nine wins at its home ground, while the other seven came playing away. Moreover, 4 of the 31 meetings between the two rivals ended up in a draw.
Furthermore, the two teams have clashed 30 times in the premier league. 11 of these games went in Aston Villa’s favor, while 15 of them went Southampton’s way. The winner couldn’t be determined in four games, and the games ended in a draw.
Last Five Games For Aston Villa
⚽ Aston Villa 1 – 1 Manchester City
After two consecutive defeats, Aston Villa looked determined in this game. Although they couldn’t win the game, they managed to stop Manchester City at a draw.
⚽ Aston Villa 1 – 2 Arsenal
Aston Villa was pitched against the Gunners in this game. In response to two goals from Arsenal, Aston Villa was only able to score one and lost the game 1 – 2.
⚽ Aston Villa 0 – 1 West Ham United
P Fornals’ goal was a decider in this game and allowed West Ham to steal a victory over Aston Villa.
⚽ Aston Villa 4 – 1 Bolton Wanderers
Aston Villa appeared in good rhythm in this EFL game. Their good performance paid off, ending the game with a 4-1 score.
⚽ Aston Villa 1 – 3 Crystal Palace
Crystal Palace was better in every department in this game. Consequently, Aston Villa ended on the losing end with a 1 – 3 score line.
Last Five Games For Southampton
⚽ Southampton 0 – 1 Wolverhampton
In their last Premier League game, Southampton suffered a tragic defeat against Wolverhampton. The final score line was Southampton 0 – 1 Wolverhampton.
⚽ Southampton 2 – 1 Chelsea
In this game, the scales were tipped more towards Chelsea; however, Southampton prevailed, defeating the English powerhouse, Chelsea, 2-1.
⚽ Southampton 0 – 1 Manchester United
Southampton was pitched against Ten Hag’s Manchester United in this game of the Premier League this season. Despite a close fight, the Red Devils managed a win.
⚽ Southampton 3 – 0 Cambridge United
Southampton took on the rivals Cambridge United in this EFL game and brought home a 3-0 win.
⚽ Southampton 2 – 1 Leicester City
The Saints were head-to-head against the Wolves in this game. Southampton managed two goals against Leicester City’s one and won the game.
Premier League Points Table
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