Southampton vs Aston Villa Prediction: Premier League Match on 05.11.2021
Aston Villa’s disappointing run of results has sent them tumbling towards the relegation battle in the Premier League. Dean Smith faces a must-win game on Friday night, as Villa travel to the South coast to take on Southampton.
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Dean Smith’s job at Aston Villa is under pressure coming into this round of fixture, as they have lost their last four in the Premier League. A fifth straight defeat before the international break could mean that he is given his marching orders by the higher ups at the club.
A fourth defeat on the bounce was suffered against West Ham United last weekend at Villa Park. The Villa were hammered 4-1 in that fixture, as they saw Ezri Konsa sent off early in the second period. The Hammers took full advantage of their man advantage, by scoring two further goals in the last ten minutes. Villa had dragged themselves level in that game for four minutes, as Ollie Watkins scored after 34 minutes.
However, it was yet another under-par performance by the Villa. The scoreline means that Smith’s side have now conceded 12 goals in their last four games. However, they are still an attacking threat, but finding the right balance has been troublesome.
Southampton struggled over the early weeks of the season, and needed to bide their time for a first win of the season. However, they have now won two of their previous three games, which includes a second 1-0 success of the season last weekend against Watford.
The Saints fought for every ball in that game on the road, and scored with their only shot on target in the 20th minute. Che Adams was the man of the moment for the Saints, as he will be looking to add to his tally in the Premier League this weekend.
Southampton vs Aston Villa Head to Head
Aston Villa ended an eight-year wait for a victory against Southampton in the league last season. Their 1-0 win at St Mary’s was the first time that Villa had beaten the Saints in nine meetings. Southampton had won the previous four. Meanwhile, both of Villa’s wins against Southampton since 2012 have come away from home.
Southampton vs Aston Villa Prediction
Aston Villa’s terrible run of form is a concern coming into this fixture, but they have fared slightly better on the road against the Saints. However, we will still be siding with a win for Southampton this weekend, as a third 1-0 win in four games could be the best bet.
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