To be played on Saturday 5th December 2015 at 15:00. Venue: St. Mary's Stadium, Southampton
Odds: Southampton 1/2, Draw 3/1, Aston Villa 6/1
Southampton welcome Aston Villa to St Mary’s on Saturday with the visitors desperate for all three points.
Remi Garde’s Villa side is currently bottom of the Premier League with just five points from their first 14 matches and the excitement that greeted the recent 0-0 draw against Manchester City has been replaced by a sense of impending doom.
Since that hard-fought draw Villa have lost 4-0 to Everton and 3-2 to Watford and now find themselves seven points clear of safety.
In contrast Southampton are 10th in the table with 20 points and while they are not flying as high as last season there are still plenty of reasons to be positive.
Their Capital One Cup hammering at the hands of Liverpool is not one of them, and Saints boss Ronaldo Koeman will be looking for a quick response this weekend.
In early team news, Southampton are without Fraser Forster, Florin Gardos and Jay Rodriguez while Jose Fonte is a minor doubt with a knee injury but is rated at 75 per cent to feature.
As for Villa, they cannot call on the injured Jordan Amavi or the suspended Ciaran Clark, while winger Jack Grealish is not in the match-day squad.
- Maarten Stekelenburg
- Ryan Bertrand
- Jose Fonte
- Virgil van Dijk
- Maya Yoshida
- Steven Davis
- Sadio Mané
- Dusan Tadic
- Victor Wanyama
- James Ward-Prowse
- Graziano Pellè
- Brad Guzan
- Alan Hutton
- Jores Okore
- Micah Richards
- Kieran Richardson
- Carles Gil
- Idrissa Gueye
- Scott Sinclair
- Carlos Sánchez
- Jordan Veretout
- Jordan Ayew
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