Aston Villa vs Southampton betting tips: Premier League match preview & predictions

Aston Villa vs Southampton prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Southampton

Two of the Premier League’s bottom four meet in a massive match-up at Villa Park.

Both are struggling for form and both look in serious danger of going down to the Championship.

Thus, this is an absolutely huge game but who will come out on top?

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Aston Villa vs Southampton: Who will win?

Hosts Aston Villa are the favourites to win this match at 13/10.

Southampton meanwhile are 15/8 to leave with a massive win.

A draw is 13/5.

Over 2.5 goals is 8/13.

Both teams to score is 1/2.

Aston Villa to win and both teams to score is 11/4.

James Ward-Prowse

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – MARCH 09: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal during the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on March 09, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Jack Grealish is Aston Villa’s talisman. He is 13/2 to open the scoring and 23/10 to add to his tally.

Wesley meanwhile could continue to lead the line. The Brazilian is also 13/2 to score first and also 23/10 to score anytime.

Danny Ings meanwhile has been on fire for Southampton. He is 3/1 to break the deadlock and evens to score yet again.

James Ward-Prowse has also been amongst the goals lately. He is 15/2 to score first and 13/5 to net anytime.

Both Grealish and Wesley to score is 11/1.

Both John McGinn and Anwar El Ghazi to score is 16/1.

Both Ward-Prowse and Ings to score is 13/2.

Both Moussa Djenepo and Ings to score is 17/2.

Aston Villa vs Southampton: Match preview

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Jack Grealish of Aston Villa in action during the Premier League match between Manchester City and Aston Villa at Etihad Stadium on October 26, 2019 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

It’s safe to say the next three matches could go along way to defining Aston Villa’s entire season.

Last weekend they lost 2-0 at Bramall Lane against fellow newly-promoted side Sheffield United.

That makes it three Premier League defeats in a row for Dean Smith’s side who’ve only won one of their last eight.

That means only goal difference separates them and the bottom three.

However, their situation, for better or for worse, could be massively different in just seven days time.

Their next three matches, including this one, are against Southampton, Norwich and Watford; the only three teams below them in the table.

If they can get six, seven or even nine points from those games, they will pull away from danger.

However, if results were to go the other way, it won’t be a particularly happy new year for the Villains.

Can they win the first of three massive games?

Will the Saints march into an away win?

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 25: Ralph Hasenhüttl, Manager of Southampton looks on prior to the Premier League match between Southampton FC and Leicester City at St Mary’s Stadium on October 25, 2019 in Southampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by Bryn Lennon/Getty Images)

Southampton may only be behind their hosts on goal difference but their outlook is vastly different.

Last weekend, the Saints were downed 1-0 by fellow strugglers West Ham at St Mary’s.

That means Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side have won just two of their last ten with those victories coming against the two clubs below them.

On the road, they’re winless since 14 September when they beat Sheffield United 2-0.

After this, they face Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham, Leicester, Wolves, Palace again and then Liverpool.

That is not a particularly friendly fixture list so they really need to get a result in this match.

Will the Saints march into a victory at Villa Park?

Aston Villa team news vs Southampton

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 28: John McGinn of Aston Villa is seen during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Burnley FC at Villa Park on September 28, 2019 in Birmingham, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

On Tuesday night, Villa hammered an extremely young Liverpool side 5-0 in the Carabao Cup.

Dean Smith made ten changes for that one and it’ll be interesting to see if any of those players have forced their way into his thinking for Premier League matters.

Tom Heaton will return in goal and, despite his stellar display in mid-week, Ørjan Nyland will be back on the bench.

At full-back, Frédéric Guilbert and Matt Targett will displace Ahmed Elmohamady and Neil Taylor respectively.

In the centre, star man Tyrone Mings is still out but could be back in the next week.

So, in his absence, Björn Engels will be partnered by Kortney Hause.

Ezri Konsa and James Chester was Tuesday’s pairing.

In midfield, Marvelous Nakamba and John McGinn will both come back in after a well deserved breather.

The other midfield spot has been filled by either Conor Hourihane or Douglas Luiz in the league this season.

Both started against Liverpool but it is likely to be the Republic of Ireland international who keeps his place for this one.

Out-wide, Jota and Trézéguet will drop out, allowing Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish to return.

The club captain has four goals in his last seven appearances despite missing a penalty last weekend.

Up-top, Smith has a decision to make.

On Tuesday, Jonathan Kodjia scored a brace; his first goals of the season.

However, regular centre-forward Wesley then came off the bench and ended his own nine-match goal draught.

Thus, the Brazilian is expected to keep his place up top.

Will Villa Park be celebrating a vital victory?

Southampton team news vs Aston Villa

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 21: The Southampton badge is seen prior to the Premier League match between Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur at St Mary’s Stadium on January 21, 2018 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

As for Southampton, they exited the League Cup long ago so have had a full week to rue the loss to West Ham.

Alex McCarthy will keep his place in goal ahead of Angus Gunn.

Cédric Soares and Ryan Bertrand will continue as the full-backs.

Ralph Hasenhüttl could be tempted to change his centre-back pairing though.

Jannik Vestergaard could come in to partner Jan Bednarek with Jack Stephens dropping out.

In midfield, Oriol Romeu came on for Nathan Redmond at half time last weekend and that change is likely to come from the start here.

The Spaniard will partner captain Pierre-Emile Højbjerg with James Ward-Prowse pushed further forward.

Moussa Djenepo will also be looking to support the front two.

Shane Long is likely to keep his place up front over Che Adams or Michael Obafemi.

However, Long’s main role is to support Danny Ings.

Ings has scored 11 goals in all competitions this season and 50% of their Premier League goals.

Can the man in-form fire his side to a massive win?

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Southampton

Predicted Aston Villa line-up vs Southampton.

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Aston Villa

Predicted Southampton line-up vs Aston Villa.

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All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

The Premier League table as it stands:

1Liverpool FC35303276274993
2Manchester City35233991345772
3Chelsea FC351861163491460
4Leicester City351781065362959
5Manchester United341610859332658
6Wolverhampton Wanderers351413848371155
7Sheffield United35141293833554
8Tottenham Hotspur351410115445952
9Arsenal FC35121495144750
10Burnley FC35148133947-850
11Everton FC35129144152-1145
12Southampton FC34135164356-1344
13Newcastle United351110143652-1643
14Crystal Palace35119153045-1542
15Brighton & Hove Albion35812153652-1636
16West Ham United3597194459-1534
17Watford FC35810173354-2134
18AFC Bournemouth3587203660-2431
19Aston Villa3586213865-2730
20Norwich City3556242667-4121
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