Even Aston Villa supporters have to admit that recent results and statistics point emphatically at a Southampton success as the two teams prepare to lock horns at Villa Park.
Paul Lambert’s beleaguered troops have taken just one point from their last seven outings, finding the net just once in the process while the buoyant Saints have won a remarkable eleven out of twelve in all competitions and possess the Premier League’s meanest defence by some distance.
Subsequently, it’s not surprising to see Ronald Koeman’s buoyant charges installed as odds-on favourites for the points at 4/5 (Ladbrokes) and Villa given a quote of 9/2 by BetVictor to end their seven-match winless streak.
The Villans scrapped their way to a point at West Ham last time out, bet365 rating them at 11/4 to repeat the feat in this one and it’s 9/1 at the same firm for Lambert’s men to register a second consecutive goalless affair, but it’s really tough to oppose Southampton at present especially in light of the home side’s struggles in attack.
Southampton to beat Aston Villa 1-0 – 11/2 (William Hill)