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PL PREVIEW: Southampton vs. Aston Villa – Prediction, Team News, Lineups

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The home sid will be looking to extend their winning run in all tournaments to four matches when they welcome Aston Villa to St Mary’s on Saturday lunchtime.

The Saints came from behind to defeat Everton 2-1 in their most recent top-flight battle, while Unai Emery’s men defeated Leeds United by the same scoreline.

TEAM NEWS

Southampton have no fresh injury or suspension concerns to report from the win over Everton, and Jones may even be able to welcome the trio of Theo Walcott, Alex McCarthy and Armel Bella-Kotchap back for Saturday, but none of them is likely to start.

Juan Larios and Valentino Livramento remain out of contention for the hosts, who handed Carlos Alcaraz his debut off the bench at Goodison Park following his arrival from Racing Club, but Jones may not consider the 20-year-old for a starting role just yet.

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The hosts could very well name the same starting XI from their Merseyside success, but Sam Edozie was less impactful in that game and could find his spot under threat from Adam Armstrong or Sekou Mara.

As for Villa, ex-Saints striker Danny Ings replaced Ollie Watkins in the first half of Friday’s win over Leeds due to an ankle issue for the latter, but he has since signed for West Ham United.

However, scans have revealed no significant damage to Watkins’s ankle, and he could be fit to start after returning to training this week, therefore easing the pressure on Villa chiefs to get the signing of Jhon Duran from Chicago Fire over the line for the weekend.

Alex Moreno should be in line for his full Premier League debut after Lucas Digne came off with a shoulder injury after just 10 minutes last time out, joining Diego Carlos, John McGinn and Jed Steer on the sidelines.

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Matty Cash and Ludwig Augustinsson are fit again, though, while Leander Dendoncker is back from suspension, and Jan Bednarek cannot play against his parent club.

Southampton possible starting lineup:
Bazunu; Lyanco, Salisu, Caleta-Car; Walker-Peters, Diallo, Lavia, Elyounoussi; Ward-Prowse; Edozie, Adams

Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Moreno; Kamara, Luiz, J. Ramsey; Buendia, Watkins, Bailey

PREDICTION

We say: Southampton 2-2 Aston Villa

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