Southampton VS Aston Villa Prediction
Southampton lost the momentum from the bigger part of the Premier League season and “The Saints” are now with 3 defeats in their last 4 efforts, but anyway we should mention that three from them were away from their “St. Mary’s Stadium”, where Southampton will take on against the team of Aston Villa, which is the last home game of “The Saints” for season 2014-2015. In a conclusion about the season of Southampton we can highlight only the positives, since the club from the southern parts of England can’t boast with the finances of the other top EPL teams, which makes the job of Ronald Koeman pretty difficult, but at the same time very successful. Southamtpon will open the 37th round lying on 7th position, where “The Saints” have 57 points and their balance is +/- 1 point, respectively for the 6th and the 8th position. Tottenham is with 1 point more than “The Saints”, while Swansea City moved to 8th position, where “The Swans” from Wales have 56 points so far, so if Southampton is willing to chase Europa League football, then the team must chase the three points here, since the last round Southamtpon will have to visit “Etihad Stadium”, where Manchester City will wait to end the disappointing season 2014-15.
Aston Villa will travel for Hampshire with a very high morale, more especially after the appointment of Tim Sherwood, who made a revolution in the toothless club from Birmingham. Now “The Lions” from the second largest city in England are with 4 wins in their last 5 matches and before the trip to Southampton “The Villans” are lying on 14th position, where they have 38 points, which means that the difference between them and the Hull City (18th) is from 4 points. This sounds well for Aston Villa, who will have a home game against the already relegated team of Burnley in the last round but as far as we know Tim Sherwood, we are sure that the young manager is hungry for success and he won’t underestimate the situation here. “The Villans” can secure their EPL position with a positive result at “St. Mary’s Stadium”, and if we consider the fact that Southampton was defeated by two from the other clubs that are involved in the relegation battle – Sunderland and Leicester City, in their last two visits, then we can definitely believe that perhaps the most well performing from all of the threatened teams (Aston Villa) has good chances to win something from Southamtpon as well, despite they won’t have the home advantage. Anyway, Aston Villa’s form is increasing with every next performances and Christian Benteke’s presence is crucial in the last weeks, as the Belgian striker has scored 8 goals in his last 7 Premier League efforts. Great form by Benteke, who is set to lead Aston Villa’s attack in the upcoming Saturday clash, while he will be supported by solid amount of quality youngsters in the midfield, where Tim Sherwood can count on names like Fabian Delph, Ashley Westwood, Tom Cleverley and the newborn talent Jack Grealish.
Final conclusion, betting prediction and possible starting squads of Southampton and Aston Villa – EPL 16.05.2015
Southampton is surely aiming to end the poor form from the last few weeks, in which they have won only 1 point from 12 possible, and Ronald Koeman will take measures for that. However, Southampton remains the second strongest defence in the league, as “The Saints” have conceded only 30 goals in their net, while the leaders in this component, and Premier League winners as well, Chelsea have allowed 28 goals in 36 rounds. This speaks for the great job that Ronald Koeman did at “St. Mary’s”and we are sure that the team will want to finish the season with a win, at least at home. Their last home clash was the 2:2 draw against “The Spurs”, which is Southampton’s only point from the mentioned possible 12, which was followed by two defeats against other clubs from the second half of the table – 1:2 in Southampton and 0:2 vs Leicester City. Now the Dutch manager of Southamtpon will have to end the negative streak without the injured Fraser Forster, Morgan Schneiderlin, Emmanuel Mayuka, Dusan Tadic and Jay Rodriguez, which opens another chance for the goalkeeper Kelvin Davis, and for the Serbian Filip Djuricic, who has another opportunity to leave his mark in Southampton’s first team, while replacing his injured compatriot Dusan Tadic.
On other hand we have the motivated team of Aston Villa, who will arrive after two consecutive home wins, and after the win over West Ham in the last round, and “The Villans” are pretty close to retain their Premier League position for the next season. Only two weeks before the upcoming FA Cup final, Aston Villa will play their last away league effort and they’ll have to deal with the strong defence of the hosts, who have conceded only 12 goals in 18 home matches so far, but we already saw that Aston Villa’s attack under Tim Sherwood management is on another level, as the team scored in 9 from its last 10 matches. Both teams to score – Yes. Medium stakes.
Possible starting lineups:
Southampton: Davis – Bertrand, Fonte, Alderweireld, Clyne – Reed, Wanyama – Mane, Ward-Prowse, Djuricic – Pelle. (4-2-3-1)
Aston Villa: Given – Bacuna, Okore, Vlaar, Richardson – Cleverley, Westwood, Delph – Grealish, N’Zogbia – Benteke. (4-3-2-1)
Injured: Chris Herd, Nathan Baker, Ciaran Clark, Libor Kozak.