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Premier League Preview: Southampton v Aston Villa

2 December 2013 14:58

Southampton welcome Aston Villa to St Mary's Stadium on Wednesday in need of home comforts after losing two successive away games.

Defeats to Arsenal and Chelsea marked Southampton's first consecutive losses since May, but they will take confidence from an unbeaten record on their own turf.

Southampton host an Aston Villa side whose strength has generally been on the road this term, having lost just once away from Villa Park all season and racking up nine of their 16 Premier League points as visitors.

Of bigger concern to Villa is the form of Christian Benteke. Last season's talisman has not found the net since September's defeat at home to Newcastle.

It will be a worry for manager Paul Lambert when coming up against the joint-best defence in the Premier League, though Southampton have concerns in their backline.

Artur Boruc is expected to miss out after sustaining a wrist injury against Chelsea, with veteran Kelvin Davis and 21-year-old Paulo Gazzaniga on standby.

Other than that, Mauricio Pochettino has no new injury concerns. Key defender Dejan Lovren returned for the Chelsea game after missing the trip to Arsenal and came through unscathed.

Southampton lie seventh after their latest defeat but victory over Villa could seal a return to the top four.

The hosts will be hoping for a repeat of the corresponding fixture last season when they notched their first win back in the top flight with a 4-1 hammering of Lambert's men.

Villa, currently 11th and six points clear of the drop zone, have a good overall recent record at Southampton, that hammering their only loss in five previous trips.

They spluttered to a goalless draw at home to Sunderland on Saturday, although the clean sheet was Villa's third in four games and fifth this season - as many as the club managed last term.

The game is likely to come too soon for Joe Bennett (back), with Jores Okore (knee) and Charles N'Zogbia (ankle) long-term absentees.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
4 December 2013
Game week
14
Kick-off
20:45
Half-time
0 - 1
Full-time
2 - 3

Goals

0 - 1
15' G. Agbonlahor
 (assist by F. Delph)
J. Rodriguez 48'
(assist by N. Clyne) 
1 - 1
1 - 2
64' L. Kozák
 (assist by K. El Ahmadi)
P. Osvaldo 69'
(assist by R. Lambert) 
2 - 2
2 - 3
80' F. Delph
 (assist by G. Agbonlahor)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
4
6
2
14
8
16 80'
15
7
11 15'
27 64' 65'
Coach: P. Lambert

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
17 69' 90+7'
18
6 82'
22
26
40
41
# Player Bookings
34
20
10 90+6'
12
13
18
24

Thursday 24 July

18:06
17:42
16:42
16:30
16:14
16:10
15:58
15:34
15:18
15:13
15:04
14:16
14:11
14:04
13:44
13:15
12:56
12:27
12:00
11:36
11:04
10:55
10:43
09:29
09:05
08:13
08:05
07:38
07:07
07:04
07:04
06:27
06:22
05:11
05:05
05:02
04:39
03:34
03:34
03:04
02:53
01:47
01:20
00:31
00:23

Wednesday 23 July

23:40
22:41
22:22
22:18
21:59
21:44
21:41
21:30
21:21
21:02
20:53
20:21
19:55
19:15
19:04
18:20
18:17
17:57
17:44
17:22
17:01
17:00
17:00
16:54
16:47
16:33
16:17
15:44
15:28
14:23
14:04
13:56
13:40
13:37
12:32
12:23
12:01
11:56
11:18
10:51
09:50
09:36
09:19
08:16
07:05
07:04
07:02
06:37
06:11
04:50
04:48
04:31
04:17
04:15
03:25
02:36
01:40
01:33
01:15

Tuesday 22 July

23:55
23:50
23:40
22:28
22:25
21:51
21:35
21:16
20:56
19:27
19:22
18:49
18:49
18:47
18:23
18:01
17:58
17:32
17:21
16:17
16:06
16:05
15:04
14:15
14:05
13:39
13:33
12:57
12:43
12:20
11:37
11:20
11:16
11:05
10:52
10:36
10:02
09:53
09:19
08:37
07:11
06:41
06:32
06:06
05:47
05:33
04:07
03:02
03:01
02:23
02:22
02:21
02:04

Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 0 +0 0
2 0 +0 0
3 0 +0 0
4 0 +0 0
5 0 +0 0
6 0 +0 0
7 0 +0 0
8 0 +0 0
9 0 +0 0
10 0 +0 0
11 0 +0 0
12 0 +0 0
13 0 +0 0
14 0 +0 0
15 0 +0 0
16 0 +0 0
17 0 +0 0
18 0 +0 0
19 0 +0 0
20 0 +0 0

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