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The Premier League season is all set to resume this week, and Southampton will play its final fixture ahead of the international break as it heads to Birmingham this Friday to face Aston Villa.
Steven Gerrard will be pretty disappointed with his team’s performance so far this season. The Villans have managed to collect maximum points just once in the 6 matches that it has played so far, and are winless in their last 4 matches. The fans will take some solace from the fact that their team did manage to stop the Citizens’ juggernaut in their last outing, managing to hold them to a draw. Leon Bailey helped the hosts equalize in the 70th minute, sharing points for the first time this season. With that, Aston Villa finds itself 17th on the points table, and in danger of falling into the relegation zone before the international break.
Southampton on the other hand is comparatively better placed at this stage, with 7 points. The win against Chelsea at the end of August should have provided a huge boost to the morale of the team, but The Saints followed it up with a tame surrender against the Wolves in the very next game. A goal by Daniel Podence in stoppage time of the first half found no answer, and Southampton suffered its 3rd loss of the season. Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl will be hoping to get into the top half of the table by collecting maximum points from this game.
Match prediction and football betting tips for Aston Villa F. C. vs Southampton F. C. Premier League 2022-23. The match is going to be played at the Villa Park Stadium, Birmingham, on 16th September 2022.
Steven Gerrard is likely to go with a 4-3-3 formation in this match. He has a relatively injury-free squad to choose from, with the only probable absentees being Jed Steer and Diego Carlos.
On the other hand, Southampton has a couple of injury concerns, as Romeo Lavia and Tino Livramento remain in the infirmary.
While between the two clubs, Southampton is in better form, Aston Villa will be playing with the home advantage, and there is little separating both the teams at this stage.
Bet on a draw.
Aston Villa has conceded goals in each of its last 11 top-flight matches, while Southampton has done so in each of its last 12 such games. We are therefore expecting goals at both ends of the pitch.
3 of the last 5 Premier League matches between the two clubs have seen a score of less than 2.5. 2 of the last 3 matches for both, Aston Villa as well as Southampton have seen a score of fewer than 3 goals, adding weight to our recommendation.