Match Pack: Saints vs Villa

By SFC Media time Fri 29 Jan Saints v Aston Villa

It’s a third St Mary’s outing in a week for Southampton on Saturday, with the visit of Aston Villa in the Premier League. Get ready for the fixture with our Match Pack, in association with eToro…

THE MATCH

Southampton vs Aston Villa
St Mary’s Stadium
Premier League
Saturday 30 January, 8pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Lee Mason
Assistants: Mark Scholes, Simon Long
Fourth Official: Tim Robinson
VAR: Mike Dean
Assistant VAR: Andy Halliday

HOW TO WATCH

The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

WHAT'S AT STAKE?

Saints will see a return to St Mary’s so soon after Tuesday night’s defeat to Arsenal as the perfect opportunity to bounce back.

Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side currently side in 11th and haven’t won domestically since their opening Premier League fixture of the new year; a 1-0 win at home to Liverpool.

A much-needed win over Aston Villa could see Saints rise to as high as 8th if results go their way, leapfrogging Saturday’s opponents in the process.

After a late Burnley fightback denied Villa anything points-wise on Wednesday night despite leading twice, Dean Smith’s side will welcome three points which could see them two points off fourth with two games in hand.


SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 04: Danny Ings(R) of Southampton after opening the scoring during the Premier League match between Southampton and Liverpool at St Mary's Stadium on January 04, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Ings celebrate during Saints' Premier League win over Liverpool (Photo: Matt Watson)

TEAM NEWS

Ralph Hasenhüttl provided a positive update in terms of team news during his pre-game press conference.

Ryan Bertrand will return to the side following his suspension that forced him out of the game against Arsenal, though his full-back counterpart Kyle Walker-Peters remains a doubt.

Nathan Redmond, who made his return from injury as a substitute during Tuesday night's defeat, is also available for selection.

Two more key players available again are Moussa Djenepo and Oriol Romeu, however Hasenhüttl is cautious about whether they will be able to start on Saturday. 

For the visitors Dean Smith confirmed that midfielder Morgan Sanson, who signed from Marseille on Thursday, is in line to make his debut.

Kortney Hause and Wesley Moraes remain out with foot and knee injuries respectively.

FORM GUIDE

Southampton:

Arsenal (h) 1-3 (Armstrong)
Arsenal (h) 1-0 (Gabriel OG) FA Cup
Shrewsbury Town (h) – FA Cup - 2-0 (Nlundulu, Ward-Prowse)
Leicester (a) 2-0
Liverpool (h) 1-0 (Ings)


Aston Villa:
Burnley (a) 3-2 (Watkins, Grealish)
Newcastle (h) 2-0 (Watkins, Traoré)
Manchester City (a) 2-0
Liverpool (h) 1-4 (Barry) FA Cup
Manchester United (a) 2-1 (Traoré)

THE MANAGERS
Ralph Hasenhüttl:
"Villa have shown what a strong season they've played so far. They are a good team, good side, with good players.

"We played one of our best games [of the season] in our first game against them; for sixty minutes it was fantastic and then in the end not so good. But it's good for us to go into this one with a few more alternatives and go in with the right game plan."


Dean Smith: 
"It just shows you what can be done by having that continuity at the club with Ralph [Hasenhüttl] and his coaching staff.

“They’ve topped the league at times this season and they may not be having their brightest spell at the moment, they just lost to Arsenal, but it’s been a fantastic season so far.”

 

ONE TO WATCH

Stuart Armstrong:
Despite the result, Stuart Armstrong posed a key attacking threat last-time-out against Arsenal, typified by his early goal.

The Scot will want to keep this form going, so be sure to look out for more darting runs, high tempo pressing and cuts inside from the flanks.


Stuart Armstrong
Attack stats
goalGoals
1
Total shots
2
Shots on target
1
Conversion rate
50%
Mins per goal
90
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Ollie Watkins: Notching in each of their last two games, summer acquisition Ollie Watkins is experiencing a remarkable change of fortunes in front of goal in recent weeks.

The forward’s upturn in form is coming at the right time for Villa, who will be looking to make the most of their games in hand to continue moving up the table.

TOP PERFORMERS


Inclusive of all competitions


Southampton:

Goals:

Danny Ings 7
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4

Assists:
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4
Danny Ings 3

Aston Villa:

Goals:

Ollie Watkins 10
Jack Grealish 7
Anwar El Ghazi 6

Assists:
Jack Grealish 10
John McGinn 5
Douglas Luiz 3

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 01: James Ward-Prowse of Southampton celebrates after scoring his second free kick of the game during the Premier League match between Aston Villa and Southampton at Villa Park on November 01, 2020 in Birmingham, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
James Ward-Prowse celebrates a birthday to remember last-time-out vs Villa (Photo: Matt Watson)

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 79
Saints: 28
Draws: 23
Aston Villa: 28

DID YOU KNOW?

- Saints have won their last four Premier League games against Aston Villa, their best top-flight winning run against the Villians since August 1989.

- Saints are looking to win five consecutive top-flight matches against an opposition for the first time since they beat West Ham five times between 1988 and 1992.

- Shane Long has been directly involved in 12 goals in 16 Premier League appearances against Aston Villa (7 goals, 5 assists)

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