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Southampton v Aston Villa: match preview | Football

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Southampton and Aston Villa will be looking to improve after both sides turned leading positions into defeats in midweek. Villa’s loss was all the more painful after going ahead twice before losing 3-2 at Burnley. Morgan Sanson is available to make his debut for Dean Smith’s side. Ralph Hasenhüttl bemoaned Southampton’s uncharacteristically weak defending against Arsenal and the manager will continue to miss his giant centre back Jannik Vestergaard. Kyle Walker-Peters’ return is still doubtful. Graham Searles

Saturday 8pm Sky Sports Premier League

Venue St Mary’s Stadium

Last season Southampton 2 Aston Villa 0

Referee Lee Mason

This season G8 Y14 R0 1.75 cards/game

Odds H 2-1 A 13-8 D 27-10

SOUTHAMPTON

Subs from Forster, Lewis, Long, Redmond, Obafemi, Valery, Nlundulu, Romeu, Walker-Peters

Doubtful Romeu (calf), Walker-Peters (thigh)

Injured Djenepo (thigh, 6 Feb), Vestergaard (knee, 6 Feb), Salisu (knock, unknown), Smallbone (knee, unknown), Tella (knock, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y28 R0

Form LDDWLL

Leading scorer Ings 7

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Steer, Taylor, Nakamba, El Ghazi, Jota, Elmohamady, Davis, Ramsey, Chrisene, Heaton, Sanson

Doubtful None

Injured Wesley (match fitness, unknown), Hause (foot, unknown)

Suspended None

Discipline Y29 R2

Form WDLLWL

Leading scorer Watkins 8

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