Aston Villa – Southampton will be an intriguing watch at Villa Park on Sunday (Watch live, 7am ET online via Peacock) as two teams who sit in the upper echelons of the table have very different styles of play.
Both Dean Smith and Ralph Hasenhuttl have seen their sides complete impressive wins early in the season and now it’s all about finding consistency as they try to keep their good run going.
Villa’s creativity flows from midfield with Jack Grealish and Ross Barkley, while Southampton are all about high-pressing with Danny Ings and Che Adams leading the line.
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Here’s everything you need to know ahead of a clash between two in-form teams who are looking to at least finish in the top 10 this season.
Team news (INJURY REPORT)
Aston Villa only have long-term absentees Wesley and Tom Heaton out, but the former is getting closer to a return which will give Villa’s attack another option. Bertrand Traore replaces Trezeguet out wide for his first Premier League start.
🟣 𝗧𝗘𝗔𝗠 𝗡𝗘𝗪𝗦 🟣
— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) November 1, 2020
Southampton are without Moussa Djenepo, Mohammed Salisu and Will Smallbone, while long-term absentee Sam McQueen remains out. Theo Walcott replaces Nathan Redmond in the starting lineup in the only change from the win against Everton.
🚨 T E A M S H E E T 🚨
— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) November 1, 2020
Odds and ends (full odds provided by our partner, PointsBet)
Aston Villa (+140) are the slight favorites here, but Southampton (+180) are in very good form. The draw at +260 looks like the smart bet.
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I’m going to sit on the fence as I think Villa have improved defensively enough to keep Southampton from scoring a plethora of goals, and the same can be said for Saints who have three clean sheets in their last four games. Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton.
How to watch Aston Villa – Southampton stream and start time
Kickoff: 7am ET Sunday
TV Channel: Peacock
Online: Stream via Peacock