Kick-off at 20:00, Sky Sports Main Event
Deadline Day Signing Leander Dendoncker could make his Aston Villa debut
Southampton have only won once during their league away games since the beginning of February
Tonight is only the sixth Premier League game for referee Tony Harrington after making his league debut last December. Previously, Harrington was a league official for nine seasons.
Remembering the queen
The Premier League is back on the pitch for the first time since the Queen’s death.
Then, before kick-off at Villa Park, there will be a minute of silence followed by the national anthem and when the clock reaches 70 minutes, fans will be invited to applaud HM Queen Elizabeth II’s 70-year reign. .
Friday night settings
Southampton FC team and substitutes: holder Moussa Djenepo
Bazunu, Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud, Diallo, Djenepo, Ward-Prowse, Elyounoussi, Aribo, A Armstong, Adams
Subtitles: McCarthy, Lyanco, Caleta-Car, Aribo, S Armstrong, Mara, Edozie, Larios, Walcott
Aston Villa and substitutes: Young and Coutinho at the start
Martinez, Young, Konsa, Mings, Digne, McGinn, Kamara, J. Ramsey, Bailey, Watkins, Coutinho
Subtitles: Olsen, Chambers, Augustinsson, Nakamba, Dendoncker, Douglas Luiz, Sanson, Buendia, Ings
And welcome to Telegraph Sport’s live coverage of Southampton’s visit to Villa Park this evening.
There is no escaping the fact that it was a difficult start to the season for Aston Villa, who have picked up just four points from their last six games, leaving them in 17th place in the standings.
Steven Gerrard’s side lost to Bournemouth on the opening weekend of the season before recording a 2-1 win over Everton a week later, but then lost their next three games to Crystal Palace, West Ham United and Arsenal.
Aston Villa were fixing a fourth-set loss in the Premier League earlier this month when Erling Haaland put the champions ahead at Villa Park, but Leon Bailey managed to equalize scores in the 74th minute and the masters of house held out to secure a welcome point amidst difficult spelling.
They can take confidence from the corresponding match between the two teams last season, which ended in a 4-0 win for Gerrard’s side.
Southampton, meanwhile, started the season in an encouraging way, racking up seven points from six games, which left them in 12th place in the standings ahead of this match.
The club has signed ten players during the summer transfer window and will have the majority involved in tonight’s squad which traveled to the West Midlands as Hasenhuttl’s side will look to clinch four wins from six games in all competitions.
Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side started the season with a 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur before collecting four points in their two games, drawing with Leeds United and beating Leicester.
Southampton have only won once away in the Premier League since the beginning of February which is an indication of the size of their assignment in this match, but they have a recent away success at Aston Villa to their name, registering a 4- 3rd win in November 2020.
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