Southampton vs. Aston Villa Match Preview – Can Saints stop resurgent Villains?

Southampton will be looking for their first win in a month when they host Aston Villa at St Mary’s on Saturday.

After an impressive start to the season, Saints have slipped down to seventh in the Premier League table.

They have last three of their last four games which includes the defeats at the hands of relegation threatened Sunderland and Leicester.

Saints are still in a good position to qualify for Europe but their place in being threatened by an ever improving Swansea side, who are just one point behind them in the league table.

Aston Villa have slowly pulled them away from the relegation battle and they are currently sitting 14th on the league table with 38 points.

The villains need to win this game to guarantee their Premier League survival following a decent run of games where they have win some important matches under the tutelage of Tim Sherwood.

Aston Villa have won 3 of their last 4 league games that has pulled them away from the relegation zone.

There are some good news for Sherwood in terms of fitness as a number of players have returned to full fitness ahead of the crunch game.

Nathan Baker has returned to full training after overcoming a knee injury. Gary Gardner and Callum Robinson on the other hand, have returned from their respective loan spells and are available for selection.

Ciaran Clark still remains on the sidelines because of a serious knee injury while Libor Kozak has suffered a setback in his recovery from the broken leg.

Southampton have James Ward-Prowse back from suspension and is likely to feature against Villains at the weekend.

However, Morgan Schneiderlin, arguably the most influential player for Saints this seasons, is still out with a knee injury. Dusan Tadic and Jay Rodriguez are also some time away from the first team return.