On Saturday Southampton welcome Aston Villa to St Mary’s (Watch live, 7:45 a.m. ET on NBCSN and online via Live Extra) with plenty on the line for both teams.
After picking up just one points from their last four games, Saints need a win to try and boost their top six chances as they aim for Europa League qualification. As for Villa, Tim Sherwood’s side go into this match in good form after three wins in four and know another victory would officially stave off relegation.
Despite their recent poor form, Saints have won three of their last four at home and have collected 10 out of a possible 12 points. That said, they have only beaten Villa once in their last six homes games against the Midlands club and the two teams drew 1-1 earlier this season.
In team news Saints continue with young Argentine goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga, while James Ward-Prowse and Shane Long come into the starting lineup for Elia and Reed. Villa make one change to the side which beat West Ham United last time out as Alan Hutton comes in for Kieran Richardson.
Southampton: Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Alderweireld, Bertrand, Wanyama, S Davis, Ward-Prowse, Long, Pelle, Mane. Subs: K Davis, Yoshida, Targett, Gardos, Elia, Djuricic, Reed
Aston Villa: Given, Bacuna, Vlaar, Okore, Hutton, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, N’Zogbia, Grealish, Benteke. Subs: Guzan, Weimann, Agbonlahor, Senderos, Sanchez, Lowton, Sinclair