Confirmed: Southampton v Aston Villa lineups

Southampton Fans

Here is how Southampton and Aston Villa will line up for today's Premier League game...

Southampton will be looking to bounce back from last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Leicester City as they host Aston Villa.

Ronald Koeman's men have won just one of the last six games, including three defeats in the last four games.

Now just one point ahead of eighth placed Swansea City, Southampton need a win to keep hold of seven spot, and Koeman has made two changes to the side in search of a victory.

James Ward-Prowse comes into midfield with Harrison Reed dropping to the bench, whilst Shane Long has been handed a start having replaced Eljero Elia as a substitute last week.

Conversely, Aston Villa are in fine form, and their 1-0 win over West Ham United last weekend has them on the brink of Premier League survival.

With three wins in the last four games, manager Tim Sherwood has exceeded expectations, and will now be looking for one more win to keep Villa in the top flight.

Sherwood makes one change to his starting XI today, with Alan Hutton coming in for Kieran Richardson at full back.

That means the likes of Shay Given, Charles N'Zogbia and of course, Jack Grealish, all retain their places in the line up after impressive recent performances.

Southampton lineup

Starting:

  • Paulo Gazzaniga
  • Toby Alderweireld
  • Ryan Bertrand
  • Nathaniel Clyne
  • Jose Fonte
  • Steven Davis
  • Sadio Mané
  • Victor Wanyama
  • James Ward-Prowse
  • Shane Long
  • Graziano Pellè

Substitutes: Kelvin Davis, Florin Gardos, Matt Targett, Maya Yoshida, Filip Djuricic, Eljero Elia, Harrison Reed.

Aston Villa lineup

Starting:

  • Shay Given
  • Leandro Bacuna
  • Alan Hutton
  • Jores Okore
  • Ron Vlaar
  • Tom Cleverley
  • Fabian Delph
  • Jack Grealish
  • Charles N'Zogbia
  • Ashley Westwood
  • Christian Benteke

Substitutes: Brad Guzan, Matthew Lowton, Philippe Senderos, Scott Sinclair, Carlos Sánchez, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Andreas Weimann.

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