Aston Villa will hope to avoid a repeat of last season’s 6-1 defeat at Southampton when they return to St Mary’s in the Premier League this weekend.
Southampton are hopeful that Jose Fonte will be fit to return after he missed the midweek Capital One Cup defeat to Liverpool with a knee injury. Graziano Pelle played in that game after serving a one-game suspension against Manchester City last weekend.
Aston Villa, meanwhile, will be without both of their first-choice central defenders, with Ciaran Clark suspended and Micah Richards nursing a knee injury. Jores Okore may make his first appearance of the season therefore.
Gabby Agbonlahor is fit again after a calf injury, but Jack Grealish will again be left out of the squad, Remi Garde has confirmed.
- Southampton have won just three of their last 11 Premier League games against Aston Villa (D4 L4), although they did win handsomely last time out (6-1 at home last May).
- The last four Premier League clashes between these two sides at St Mary’s have averaged 5.5 goals per game.
- The last meeting between these two sides saw Sadio Mané net the quickest hat-trick in Premier League history (2m 56s).
- Southampton have now lost two consecutive Premier League games; they last lost more in a row back in December 2014 (four games).
- Southampton have netted a league-high seven headed goals; last season they managed a league-low three in total.
- Shane Long has netted three goals in his last five Premier League starts for Southampton, although he hasn’t scored in consecutive league apps since February 2014.
- Aston Villa have won five points from their opening 14 games of the season – all seven teams to have won seven points or fewer from their first 14 games of a Premier League season prior to 2015-16 have been relegated.
- Only York City (14 games) are currently enduring a longer current winless run than Aston Villa (13 games) in England’s top-four tiers.
- The Villans made made a league-low 33 substitutions this season, four fewer than any other team.
- Since September 28th 2013, only two of Aston Villa’s goals have come courtesy of substitutes (There have been 212 Aston Villa subs made in that time).