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Aston Villa FC vs Southampton FC, free match prediction 01 Nov 2020

01 Nov 2020 | 17:30 | Birmingham, Villa Park
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4 winner

High-flying Villa looking to bounce back from first defeat of the season against Southampton

  • Aston Villa sit 3rd in the league after a great start, but lost last weekend
  • Dean Smith’s side have been one of the surprise packages of the season so far
  • Southampton started poorly but have now risen to 7th

Southampton to win 3-2

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: Birmingham, Villa Park

ASTON VILLA FC vs SOUTHAMPTON FC Match Preview & Analysis

You feel that this match will tell you a lot about where Villa are heading into the next phase of the season. 

A win will see them regain their momentum for a push for European places in the league, after four consecutive victories came to an end with a defeat to newly promoted Leeds last weekend.

A second defeat on the bounce will mean that their bubble has burst, and their early season form has slipped away from them.

Southampton have impressed recently, particularly in beating top side Everton last weekend with a very confident performance. Earlier in the season would have been a good time for Villa to face the Saints, the latter losing both of their opening matches. 

Now they have some momentum of their own and could make life very difficult for Villa with their high energy workrate and their quality in front of goal. 

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Aston Villa FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLWWL

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Sitting in 3rd place after five games is a fantastic achievement

     Grealish in particular has been brilliant so far

Reasons to be fearful:

     Leeds defeat showed that they couldn’t live with intensity

     Will hope that this is just a blip

Aston Villa’s defeat against Leeds last weekend brought them crashing down to Earth after what had been a terrific start to the new Premier League campaign.

They still sit in third place, but Dean Smith’s side were so far off the pace last weekend and he will be hoping that they can right those wrongs for the game against Southampton.

Unfortunately, Southampton are a similar side to Leeds whereby their attitude is to press high up the field and play with lots of intensity. This is something Villa massively struggled with last weekend.

On the flip side, Villa will be determined to show that the previous result was nothing more than a blip and their winning form can continue this time around. 

They will need to show consistency in order to keep up the pace near the top.

Star Man – Jack Grealish

Despite losing against Leeds, Villa’s captain was most likely to inspire them having a shot cleared off the line

Southampton FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWWDW

Reasons to be cheerful

     Were brilliant in their win over leaders Everton last weekend

     Aiming to go five games without defeat

Reasons to be fearful 

     Will be searching for greater consistency

     Villa have the potential to cause them problems

Southampton have been much improved over the past month or so, turning things around after losing their first two matches of the season. 

They currently sit ahead of Chelsea, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs in the table which speaks volumes of their recent form. 

The combination of Danny Ings, Che Adams and Nathan Redmond has worked brilliantly – all three are so hard working and can create in front of goal too, as we saw in their victory over Everton last weekend.

They are now searching for greater consistency. A victory here would be a big step forward and mean five matches unbeaten on the bounce. They would overtake Villa with a win.

Southampton are also scoring goals with more regularity now too, seven in their last three games.

They will fancy their chances against Villa.

Star Man – Danny Ings

Great against Chelsea, even better against Everton. He has four goals and two assists so far. 

ASTON VILLA FC vs SOUTHAMPTON FC Winning Prediction

     A high-scoring match with plenty of chances

     Danny Ings is likely to score or assist

     Aston Villa will be desperate to bounce back from defeat

This game has goals written all over it.

Neither side has looked especially comfortable defending this season, preferring to direct their strengths in attack.

With Ings, Adams, Grealish, Watkins and others, there are plenty of goalscorers on the pitch and the chances are we’ll see goals at both ends. 

Either side could snatch it, but Southampton have been excellent lately and they could just leave with three points this time around.

Southampton to win 3-2

Author: Ross B.