Aston Villa vs Southampton: Steven Gerrard finds himself in desperate need of three points to snap his side’s four-game winless skid when they host Saints at Villa Park on Friday (watch live, 3 pm ET on Peacock Premium).
Gerrard will hardly feel comfortable in his job after four of six defeats to start the season, with expectations sky-high in his first full season at the club. On the other side, Ralph Hasenhuttl entered the season already on the hot seat himself, but Southampton have seven points from their first six games amid a massive youth movement.
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Aston Villa vs Southampton.
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How to watch Aston Villa vs Southampton live, stream link and start time
Kick off: 3 pm ET, Friday
Online:Stream via NBCSports.com
Key storylines & star players
Perhaps Aston Villa’s tide began to turn last time out, as they drew two-time defending champions Manchester City, with Leon Bailey’s first Premier League goal canceling out Erling Haaland’s 10th for a 1-1 stalemate. Though they had just three shots and held just 28 percent of possession in the game, Aston Villa defended in unison and limited Man City to just four shots on target. Situationally, they were much sharper (and luckier, to a degree) than they had been at any point in their first five games. Aston Villa’s next clean sheet will be their first one of the season, and that’ll be the top priority for Gerrard on Friday.
As for Southampton, it was a defeat to Wolves last time out, but that came on the heels of victories over Chelsea and Leicester, and a narrow, unlucky loss to Manchester United. For a side that most, if not all, pundits predicted down near the relegation zone, it’s hard to imagine a better start to Saints’ season, as summer signings Armel Bella-Kotchap (20 years old), Romeo Lavia (18 – currently injured) and Gavin Bazunu (20) quickly find their footing and breathe new life into a club teetering on the edge.
Aston Villa team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Jan Bednarek (loan – parent club) | QUESTIONABLE: Emiliano Martinez (illness), Ollie Watkins (illness), Robin Olsen (knee)
Southampton team news, injuries, lineup options
OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed) | QUESTIONABLE: Duje Caleta-Car (undisclosed)
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