Aston Villa’s Premier League games are averaging 3.4 goals per 90 minutes this season.Southampton’s league matches are averaging 3.1 goals per game this term.Southampton are unbeaten in four Premier League assignments.Aston Villa lost just once in five league games overall this season.Brave Villa finally lose
Aston Villa’s early-season winning streak came to a shuddering halt last weekend, when they were dismantled at home by a slick-passing Leeds United team that racked up an eye-watering 27 attempts in a 3-0 rout in the Midlands.
That was the second highest number of shots conceded in a single game by any team in the Premier League so far this season, and the match was the third time in four Premier League fixtures involving Villa where over 2.5 goals were scored.
Remarkably, it was the first occasion this season overall where the Villains failed to register themselves however, though we expect Dean Smith’s men to get going again in the final third against an expansive Southampton team on Sunday.
Saints on the rise
Southampton travel to the Midlands as one of the Premier League’s form teams this weekend, following a superb run of three wins in four matches.
The high-energy Saints followed up wins to nil against West Brom and Burnley with a well-earned point at Chelsea, though their most recent display in a 2-0 win over early pace-setters Everton was the most impressive performance of the lot.
Ralph Hasenhüttl’s side thoroughly outplayed the Toffees in what proved a big tactical victory for the Austrian coach against Carlo Ancelotti at St. Mary’s Stadium, and the Saints’ eventual 2-0 triumph was a fair reflection of their dominance.
Goals likely at Villa Park
Aston Villa and Southampton will both view Sunday’s fixture as a game they can win, that should in turn ensure we are treated to an open, entertaining clash at Villa Park.
The Villains’ Premier League matches have averaged a healthy 3.4 goals per 90 minutes so far this term, and with Jack Grealish’s creative powers looking potent and Ollie Watkins continuing to look the part, there is enough attacking threat in Villa’s ranks to suggests a second blank on the spin is unlikely.
With Danny Ings and Che Adams starting to dovetail beautifully, Southampton come armed with defence-splitting options of their own however, and having scored eight times in their last four Premier League assignments, the Saints will expect to convert chances again on Sunday.
Sunday’s game has all the ingredients of a thrilling end-to-ender, and with that considered the over 2.5 goals and both teams to score combination looks an excellent price, while our correct score prediction points towards a 2-2 draw.
With just one defeat in eight Premier League fixtures between them, both Villa and Southampton are playing with confidence, and in a clash where momentum meets momentum, a share of the spoils between two up and coming teams looks a likely outcome.
Ings to make his mark again
In terms of anytime goalscorer options for Sunday, Saints talisman Danny Ings again stands out as a prime candidate to register. The England star notched twice on his last visit to Villa Park in December last year, and having found the net in each of Southampton’s last two away matches, Ings can add to his tally.
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