Aston Villa v Southampton: Team news, predicted line-ups, views from the dugout, ones to watch and how to watch
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Aston Villa will look to get back to winning ways when they take on Southampton at Villa Park at Noon on Sunday. 

Villa are bidding to respond to a disappointing defeat to Leeds United in their last Premier League fixture. Villa went down 3-0 to Leeds, who won thanks to a hat-trick from Patrick Bamford. 

Southampton come into this game from a fantastic win over league leaders Everton, 2-0 at St Mary's nearly a week ago. Goals from James Ward-Prowse and Che Adams gave the Saints a great win. 

Team news

Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be looking to name an unchanged side from the Leeds game, which saw Ross Barkley replace Conor Hourihane. 

Theo Walcott can return for the Saints this weekend after being ineligible to face his parent club. 

Moussa Djenepo, Will Smallbone and Mohammed Salisu are all still sidelined for Southampton. 

Predicted lineups

Aston Villa: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, McGinn, Luiz, Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish, Watkins

Southampton: McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand, Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond, Adams, Ings

Ones to watch

The easy answer for a one to watch for Aston Villa is midfielder Ross Barkley. A match-winner against Leicester City and an almost telepathic link with captain Jack Grealish has made Barkley a stellar summer signing so far. Barkley will be looking to add to his goal contribution in this game to help Villa keep up their fantastic start.

The man to watch for Southampton is Danny Ings. After hitting 22 Premier League goals in his debut Saints season and already hitting four goals this season, Ings is looking like one of the league's hottest strikers. Ings doesn't get the praise that other England strikers like Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Harry Kane get, but if Ings puts up similar numbers this season, then a place on the plane to Euro 2021 would be warranted. 

View from the dugout

Villa boss, Smith had this to say on bouncing back from the disappointing result against Leeds United in his pre-match press conference:

"We're not at a level Man City or Liverpool are at by any means, so we're going to lose games. Up until (Leeds) scored the goal we had the better chances. We've had a poor 40 minutes this season so far and I'll certainly take that after the first five games."

Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl had this to say on coming up against Aston Villa:

"Villa have made some very good steps forward in the summer with a few good signings but are also better organised. They are a team that are definitely doing well and had a fantastic start to the season.

“They lose their first game but it was tough as they had a few good chances too at the beginning. They are a tough opponent and it’s definitely a tough game for us.

“Confidence is a word that makes you lean back. Yes we are self confident, we know how tough it will be at the weekend. We have a good chance to get something at Villa if we play there like we did last season.

How to watch

The game will be live on Sky Sports Box Office with coverage kicking-off at 11:45am. 

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