Southampton - Aston Villa Preview: Garde's men hope to pounce on wounded Saints
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Aston Villa take the long trip to face Southampton this weekend, and will be desperately hoping to come away from the game with their first league win since the opening day of the season.

Although they're the most out of form team in the divison, Villa aren't coming up against a Southampton side full of the joys of spring, and might just fancy their chances of coming away with a positive result.

Would a draw turn Villa's fortunes around?

What constitutes a positive result, for a team sitting bottom of the table with five points from 14 games, is up for debate. Would the travelling fans settle for a draw? Considering they've lost nine of their last 10 league games, with the other being a bore 0-0 draw against Manchester City, they just might. 

On the other hand, some might be desperate for a win, as by the time it kick's off on Saturday, they'll have not tasted victory in the league for 119 days, 2857 hours and 171,450 minutes.

The last disappointing result came last Saturday, a 3-2 home loss against Watford. Coming from behind to level up through Micah Richards, they let slip and went 3-1 down, meaning that Jordan Ayew's late goal was only a consolation.

6-1 on Wednesday, but Saints have fond memories of that scoreline

Things aren't going well for Southampton either, but they'd certainly take their three losses in a row, remaining 10th in the league, over Villa's predicament. However, they'll be eager to put things right after recieving a thumping home beating on Wednesday, as Jürgen Klopp's Liverpool ran riot at St Mary's, winning 6-1 despite the home side going a goal up after just 40 seconds.

6-1, incidentally, was the score the last time these two met in the league, back at St Mary's in May. You may remember Saido Mane scoring the quicket hat-trick in Premier League history, managing the feat in just under three minutes, whilst Shane Long struck home a long range scorcher.

Team news

It remains to be seen whether Jack Grealish will return to the Villa squad, having missed the Watford game due to Remi Garde banishing him to the reserves, for being seen out partying hours after the 4-0 loss to Everton two weeks ago. Other possible absentees for the Villans include Gabby Agbonlahor and Jores Okore.

Southampton will be hoping to have influential skipper Jose Fonte back in the fold, after the Portugese centre-back missed the Liverpool drubbing, with his replacement Steven Caulker having a troublesome time.