Dean Smith’s Villa will be looking to finally end a four-match-long losing streak tomorrow against Southampton in the English Premier League (EPL). Can they find a way through one of the toughest defences in England?
Southampton play host to Aston Villa tomorrow night at the St. Mary’s Stadium. Only a single point separates the two clubs in the EPL table, with Southampton occupying 14th place on 11 points and Aston Villa sitting in 15th on 10 points.
Southampton took a while to collect their first win of the season, but when they finally did, it reflected really well on their morale and they have been climbing up the table ever since, keeping themselves away from the relegation spots.
And while their offence isn’t as impressive as that of their opponents, they can follow Ralph Hasenhuttl’s strategies up to the smallest of details and keep their defence tight and unbreakable, which is why they already have five draws under their belts this season.
Aston Villa went shopping in the summer, and although they sold their captain Jack Grealish to Manchester City, they did purchase plenty of offensive talent to make up for the loss, with names such as Leon Bailey or Danny Ings leading the pack. Expectations were high for Dean Smith and he is yet to deliver any tangible results.
Aston Villa lost four games in a row and the pressure on the manager keeps climbing. They need the win and he knows it, especially looking ahead to December, when Villa face Manchester City, Liverpool, and Chelsea. It will be extremely hard to collect points then, which is why this match is crucial for them.
The Saints are going to miss Jack Stephens due to knee troubles, and possibly also Armando Broja, who is having ankle problems. Villa will miss Ezri Konsa, who is suspended after receiving a red card in the last match against West Ham, and possibly also Trezeguet, Douglas Luiz and Morgan Sanson.
Looking at the sides and the position they are at, we predict an entertaining draw. Keep an eye on Che Adams for the home team who is likely to score as he is in great form right now.