St. Marys Stadium, Southampton, England
Key Stat: Aston Villa have won just one of their last six matches in all competitions, losing four of the last five.
Expert Verdict: These two teams played out a thriller last time they met, when Southampton raced into a 4-0 lead at Villa Park only for Villa to pull it back to 4-3 late on. Both teams have dropped to mid-table now, but Southampton look in the better form overall and can beat Villa again.
Out-of-form Aston Villa will look to get back on track when they travel to face a Southampton side who themselves have been unable to keep pace with the top four after a flying start. The two teams now meet in mid-table, and the match at St Mary’s Stadium on January 30 kicks off at 20:00 local time.
Defenders:Kyle Walker-Peters, Jan Bednarek, Jack Stephens, Ryan Bertrand
Midfielders:Theo Walcott, Ibrahima Diallo, James Ward-Prowse, Stuart Armstrong
Forwards:Danny Ings, Che Adams
Defenders:Matty Cash, Ezri Konsa, Tyrone Mings, Matt Target
Midfielders:Douglas Luiz, John McGinn
Attacking Midfielders:Trezeguet, Ross Barkley, Jack Grealish
Southampton have won all three matches against Villa since the latter’s Premier League return in 2019. Going further back, to Southampton’s top-flight return in 2012, Villa have only won one of their last 12 meetings in all competitions. This season, the Saints raced into a 4-0 lead at Villa Park – James Ward-Prowse scoring two free-kicks between Jannik Vestergaard and Danny Ings finding the net. Tryone Mings pulled one back, however, and stoppage-time goals from Jack Grealish and Ollie Watkins in a frantic finale made for a much closer final scoreline.
Southampton have home advantage and better overall form and yet are outsiders with the bookmakers. It means they can be backed for a tasty price of 17/10 with Betway, 888sport and 10Bet to win.
Having shared seven goals last time out, however, both teams to score is worth backing at 4/7 with Bet365.
Danny Ings is 11/10 with 888sport to score at any time for Southampton, while Ollie Watkins is 15/8 with Betway.
Southampton have an excellent record against Aston Villa in recent seasons and can complete the league double against them this year by winning this match.