Southampton vs Aston Villa Preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted line-ups and players to watch
James Ward-Prowse scored and assisted two last time the two sides faced each other (Via Michael Steele, Getty Images)

Southampton will come into this game hoping to turn their dominance last time out against Arsenal into all three points against Aston Villa. 60% possession didn't lead to any points against The Gunners despite taking the lead very early on through Stuart Armstrong.

Dean Smith's men will be looking to right the wrongs of their game against Burnley in mid-week. Coming into half time The Villains were dominating and could of easily been up by two or three. Despite this Sean Dyche's side came back to win 3-2 in a game which left Villa fans bemused as to how they came away with nothing.

Both teams both suffered frustrating losses last time out and will be wanting to make amends. Smith and Ralph Hassenhutl will want all three points to get back on track in the league in order to continue excellent form for both so far this season.

  • Team News

Hassenhutl has many injury concerns keeping key players such as Jannik VestergaardKyle Walker-Peters, Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu being out of contention for this game. Will Smallbone has had an operation on for a cruciate ligament injury which will see him out for the rest of the season.

No new injury concerns for Dean Smith as Kortney Hause and Wesley remain the only two players out of contention until potentially late February or March. New signing Morgan Sanson is in the squad and is able to make his first appearance for the club.

  • Predicted Line-ups

Southampton: McCarthy, Bertrand, Stephens, Bednarek, Valery, Walcott, Diallo, Ward-Prowse, Armstrong, Adams, Ings

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

  • Players To Watch

Danny Ings has recently returned from having Covid-19 and having played the last two games, is building back up his fitness and will be hoping to get his first goal since January 4th against Villa in this game. Ward-Prowse came away from the game at Villa Park with two goals and assist, all from free kicks. He has nine goal involvements in 19 games this season and his ability on the ball and from free kicks will be on Smith and Villa's radar following the game in November.

Ollie Watkins has scored two goals in two games following a run of no goals in his previous nine. He did score against Burnley but will be frustrated that he didn't add to this, especially after a one-on-one miss up against Nick Pope late in the first half. Jack Grealish, as always, will be a big threat to The Saints and they will need to be on top form to deal with him. A goal and an assist in his last two has been representative of his great recent form.

  • How To Watch

The match is available on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League with live coverage starting at 7:45pm GMT

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