Aston Villa hosts Southampton in round 28 of the English Premier League. The match will be played on Saturday, March 5th at Villa Park (Birmingham)
Aston Villa is ranked 13th in the standings with 30 points after 25 matches. The Lions gained nine victories and three draws and suffered 13 losses. Steven Gerrard’s coaching staff is unlikely to be pleased with the team’s performance in February. The Villains earned only four points in four rounds. They arranged a goal shootout in the home game with Leeds (3-3) and beat Brighton away on February 26 (0-2). Aston Villa had a great start to the last game, and Matty Cash’s early goal allowed the Lions to take the lead. After the break, they doubled their lead with a quick attack that ended with an accurate shot by Ollie Watkins.
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Southampton is in ninth place in the Premier League standings with 35 points after 26 rounds. Ralf Hasenhüttl’s team has eight victories, 11 draws, and seven losses. The Saints left a very good impression in recent rounds. Now they are on a 5-game unbeaten streak in the Premier League. Southampton beat Tottenham (2-3), Everton (2-0), and Norwich (2:0) and tied against Manchester City (1-1) and Man United (1-1). Beyond that, Hasenhüttl’s men successfully perform in the FA Cup. On March 2, they defeated West Ham in the 1/8 finals of the tournament (3-1). Goals by Romain Perraud, James Ward-Prowse, and Armando Broja brought the Saints a ticket to the quarterfinals.
Southampton is a very tough opponent for Aston Villa. In 11 games in the Premier League and the League Cup, the Lions gained only one victory and three draws and suffered seven defeats. In addition, they looked helpless at Villa Park, where they didn’t win six games in a row. The only head-to-head match of this season was also won by Southampton. On November 5, 2021, the Saints gained a 1-0 home victory thanks to the goal of Stuart Armstrong in the 3rd minute. Even though Aston Villa will be the host now, Southampton is capable of earning points in Birmingham. The Saints gained excellent shape and looked good on foreign pitches. If we look at the last five away matches, Southampton lost only to Wolverhampton in mid-January (1-3). An additional argument in favor of the Saints will be their good statistics of head-to-head matches against the Lions. Aston Villa gained its last victory in Birmingham in early December. Since then, the hosts of Villa Park have played four games, which ended in two draws and two defeats.