Aston Villa v Southampton LIVE commentary: Premier League football returns as Steven Gerrard eyes much-needed victory – kick-off time, team news, how to follow

    Aston Villa take on Southampton on Friday night as Premier League football returns.

    Last weekend’s fixtures were cancelled following the death of Queen Elizabeth but seven top-flight games will take place over the coming days.

    The pressure is building on Gerrard at Villa

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    The pressure is building on Gerrard at Villa

    There will be two matches on Friday night, both on the talkSPORT network, as Nottingham Forest host Fulham and Villa take on Southampton.

    Steven Gerrard’s Villans are only outside of the drop zone on goal difference having picked up four points from six games so far this season.

    The pressure has been building on Gerrard and he needs a big performance from his men.

    Southampton, meanwhile, have impressed with their football at times this term but lost at Wolves last time out.

    Aston Villa v Southampton: talkSPORT coverage

    This Premier League clash will take place on Friday, September 16.

    Kick-off at Villa Park is at 8pm.

    talkSPORT’s coverage will start at 7pm with Hugh Woozencroft while commentary will come from Clive Tyldesley and former Leeds Women’s striker Lucy Ward.

    To tune in to talkSPORT or talkSPORT 2 through the website, click HERE for the live stream. You can also listen via the talkSPORT app, on DAB digital radio, through your smart speaker and on 1089 or 1053 AM.

    Hasenhuttl’s Southampton travel to Aston Villa on Friday night

    Hasenhuttl’s Southampton travel to Aston Villa on Friday night

    Aston Villa v Southampton: Team news

    Ollie Watkins and Emi Martinez have both been feeling unwell this week and late calls will have to be made on both. 

    Diego Carlos remains out while Matty Cash could miss out due to a hamstring issue.

    Leander Dendoncker is awaiting his debut for Villa but may not be available due to illness as well.

    Romeo Lavia is out for Southampton while Tino Livramento is a long-term absentee.

    Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Samuel Edozie, Duje Caleta-Car and Juan Larios could all make their full debuts.

    Aston Villa v Southampton: What has been said?

    Villa ace Ashley Young: “After the result against Manchester City, I think it was a big confidence boost,” said Young.

    “Me and my ambitious self, to be honest I think we could have won the game but it’s one of those things, you’ve got to take confidence out of a game like that.

    “I think the way we performed, the way we played, was good to see.

    “The fans could understand we put everything out there and that’s how it’s got to be in every game.”

    Villa have struggled so far this season

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    Villa have struggled so far this season

    Aston Villa v Southampton: Match facts

    • No side has used fewer players in the Premier League so far this season than Aston Villa (18). Despite this, the Villans have made more changes to their starting XI than any other side so far this term (14).
    • Southampton have conceded the first goal in each of their last five Premier League games but have only gone on to lose twice (1-0 to both Man Utd and Wolves). They came from two goals down to draw with Leeds, before picking up 2-1 victories over Leicester and Chelsea.
    • Southampton have alternated between victory and defeat in their last four Premier League games, with their two wins in this run more than they’d managed in their previous 14 beforehand (W1 D3 L10).
    • Aston Villa have won just one of their last 10 Premier League games (D3 L6). Meanwhile, they’ve conceded in each of their last 11 Premier League matches, last having a longer run without a clean sheet in the competition between December 2012 and September 2013 (26 games).
    • Southampton lost this exact fixture 4-0 in March last season, ending a six-game unbeaten run against Aston Villa at Villa Park in the Premier League (W4 D2).
    • Aston Villa have won two of their last three Premier League games against Southampton (L1), having won just one of their previous 11 against them (D3 L7).
    • Che Adams has scored four of Southampton’s six away goals in all competitions this season, netting braces against Leicester City in the Premier League and Cambridge United in the EFL Cup.
    • Despite playing less than half the minutes available so far in the Premier League this season (253), Danny Ings has had more shots (8) and more touches in the opposition box (20) than any other Aston Villa player.
    • Aston Villa’s Philippe Coutinho has been involved in more Premier League goals against Southampton than he has any other opponent (7 – 5 goals, 2 assists), both scoring and assisting in each of his last two appearances against Saints.
    • Aston Villa striker Danny Ings has scored four goals in the last three Premier League meetings between the Villans and Southampton at Villa Park, with just one of those coming for his current club.

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