Ronald Koeman takes his high flying Southampton to Aston Villa on Monday the 24th November, with the Saints looking to add to Aston Villa’s miserable run of form. The South Coast side have undoubtedly been the surprise package of the Premier League so far this season, sitting second in the table with eight wins from their first 11 games.
In contrast, Villa are without a win in their last seven Premier League games and manager Paul Lambert is the currently the favourite with the bookies to be the next manager to leave his post, with Ladbrokes offering 4/1 that he leaves Villa Park.
Who Will Win?
Villa made a superb start to the season, collecting 10 points from a possible 12 with three wins from their opening four matches. Since their 1-0 win against Liverpool on the 13th of September, however, the Villains lost six on the bounce before going into the international break on the back of a goalless draw against West Ham United.
Southampton, meanwhile, have gone from strength to strength this season, losing just two of their opening 11 games. The Saints have lost just two games all season, 1-0 at Spurs and 2-1 at Liverpool, and won their last five on the bounce. Koeman’s side headed into the international break with a 2-0 win against Leicester City and sat just four points behind Premier League leaders Chelsea.
And the visitors are the odds on favourites with the bookmakers, with Coral offering 4/5 for a Southampton win while a draw is 13/5 with William Hill and the struggling home side are 4/1 with BetVictor.
Will There Be Goals?
The best defence in the league will meet the worst attack in the division on Monday night with Southampton boasting the meanest defence in the Football League. The Saints have conceded just five goals so far this season while Villa have netted just league six goals.
Southampton have conceded just two goals in their last five matches, both against Stoke, keeping seven clean sheets in their opening 11 fixtures. And Villa have netted just one goal in their last seven league games - against Tottenham Hotspur.
A Southampton ‘Win To Nil’ looks tempting, and is available at 19/10 with Betvictor, while a Southampton half-time/full-time is 7/4 with Paddy Power. While the visitors have averaged 2.09 goals per game so far this season and a 2-0 win is a tempting 8/1 with BetVictor.
Who Will Score?
The last five meetings between Southampton and Aston Villa have produced an average of 3.2 goals-per-game. Italian striker Graziano Pelle, meanwhile, has made a superb start to life at St Marys’ netting nine goals in his opening 12 matches following his summer move from Feyenoord. The striker is the 17/4 favourite with 888Sport to open the scoring with the same firm also offering 13/10 for the forward to score anytime.
While Shane Long netted a brace against Leicester City before the international break and the £12 million Southampton summer signing is 11/5 to score anytime and 6/1 to open the scoring with 888Sport.
For the goal-shy Villains, only Gabby Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann have scored in the Premier League so far this season. Austrian striker Weimann tops the charts with 3 league goals and he is 19/2 with 888Sport to score first while Agbonlahor, who has two goals this season, is 9/1 with the same firm.