Southampton - Aston Villa prediction
Southampton will be chasing a 4th straight win in all competitions.
When hosting Aston Villa at their St. Mary's in an English Premier League match.
The Saints are still in the relegation zone, even in last place in the table.
But only because of their lower goal difference than Everton and West Ham. As all three teams have the same asset of 15 points.
In fact, hopes of salvation are fully alive .
Since the last 7 teams in the standings (from 14th to 20th place) are only 2 points apart.
Aston Villa at this stage can rest assured about their survival.
And the fans are happy with the work of Unai Emery, who stabilized things in Birmingham.
Both teams are in good form ahead of this match.
Given that, it seems to me that a draw would be a fair outcome of the match.
Moreover, the "X" sign has not been obtained in the previous 8 direct matches between these two rivals.
And as we know, every series has an end.
Southampton - statistics and info
I could say that Southampton's team is showing signs of coming out of the slump it was in earlier in the season.
Under Nathan Jones, the Saints have won their last 3 games in all competitions.
Something that happens to them for the first time in the 2022/23 season.
This streak started with a 2-1 away win against Crystal Palace.
They followed it up with a surprising but well-deserved 2-0 win over Manchester City in the League Cup.
Then they beat Everton 2-1, again away.
In their last 6 home matches in the Premier League, however, Southampton are winless.
Instead, they drew two and lost four. Having scored 5 and conceded 12 goals in that period.
Aston Villa - statistics and info
Since Unai Emery was appointed Aston Villa manager, there has been a noticeable difference in the team's performance.
The Birmingham side have won 7 points from a possible 9 in their last 3 league games, each of them played since the New Year.
The 1-2 defeat against lowly Stevenage in the FA Cup was, of course, a shocker.
Especially since it came after a complete turnaround with goals for Stevenage in the final minutes of the game.
But the Villans quickly recovered to beat Leeds 2-1 last Friday.
Away from home, Aston Villa have a not so good balance - 2-2-5 in 9 visits so far in the Premier League.
But those 2 wins were in the last 2 away games. And against solid teams in the form of Tottenham and Brighton.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Bazunu; Lyanko, Salisu, Kaleta-Kar; Walker-Peters, Diallo, Lavia, Elyunousi; Ward-Prowse; Edozie, Adams
Injured: Larios, Livramento
Lineup: Martinez; Yang, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; Camara, Louis, J. Ramsay; Buendia, Watkins, Bailey
Injured: Digne, Carlos, McGinn, Steer, Augustinson