The English Premier League returns this Friday and Aston Villa are desperate for a win as they host Southampton.

The English Premier League returns this Friday and Aston Villa are desperate for a win as they host Southampton.

Villa have only managed one victory this far into the season and are sitting lowly in 17th place with 4 points.

Their opponents have won twice and are in 12th place with 7 points.

Villa put up a fight in their last outing and managed to hold Manchester City to a 1-1 draw, while the Saints lost 1-0 to Wolves.

Southampton have only won once on their travels in the Premier League since the start of February.

There was only one spot and five points between Villa (14th) and Southampton (15th) in the Premier League table last season.

Can Steven Gerrard’s side halt their four-match winless streak? Play here to make your predictions.

What time does Aston Villa vs Southampton start?

The game kicks off at 10pm Kenyan time at Villa Park.

Aston Villa vs Southampton team news

Matty Cash picked up a hamstring injury against City and will sit this one out alongside former Saints player Jan Bednarek.

Ollie Watkins will lead the attacking line, meaning that Danny Ings will have to settle for a place on the bench.

He will be flanked by Leon Bailey and Jacob Ramsey in the final third.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles arrived late in the transfer window and could be handed a starting role for Southampton.

Adam Armstrong and Ibrahim Diallo started against Wolves but may be relegated to the bench for this one.

Aston Villa vs Southampton head to head

The hosts have only managed 8 wins against their opponents from 27 matches, while the Saints have recorded 13 wins.

The remaining 6 games have resulted in a stalemate.

Aston Villa vs Southampton current form

Villa have only won once in their last 5 games and have lost a disappointing 3 times in that run.

Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side have won 3 games and lost twice.

Aston Villa vs Southampton prediction

With the pressure that is amounting on Villa, they are tipped to win narrowly on the day.

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