Premier League Preview for Southampton v Aston Villa along with Predictions for every result in the EPL. Follow up each match with results and video highlights posted later in the week.
Southampton jumped out to a 1-0 lead at Stamford Bridge on Sunday and even went into half time up by one. However, that goal was more of a mistake on the part of Chelsea rather than a worked goal for the Saints. What followed was a match largely dominated by Chelsea. A telling statistic was Southampton’s lone goal came from their only shot on target out of the nine they took. Southampton will be able to look at their home statistics with some pride where they have a record of 4-2-0 in the Premier League. They have also scored two or more goals in their last four home matches for a total of 11 scored and two conceded along with four clean sheets.
Aston Villa has drawn their last three away Premier League matches and their away form has been rather good with a 2-3-1 record this season. Their 0-0 draw against Sunderland last week was their third 0-0 of the season. Villa’s problem this season has been a lack of consistency. Their current unbeaten run of four matches in a row (D, W, D, D) is the best they have put together this season. In their last four matches they have three clean sheets and have scored four goals while allowing two.
My prediction is for a Southampton win. They have continued to impress this season and their defensive solidity has continued to lead the Premier League. Villa will need to be able to stay strong in defense while looking to get a goal either on a counter or through a set piece. This could be another match in which they look to use the long ball tactics that gave them their 2-2 draw against West Brom.
Betting Odds: Southampton win: 1.58-1.62; Draw: 3.81-4.00; Villa win: 5.79-6.50
Form: Southampton (W, D, L, W, L, L) Aston Villa (L, L, D, W, D, D)
Prediction: Southampton 2 – 0 Aston Villa
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