Aston Villa host Southampton in the Premier League on Friday night as the English top flight restarts following a pause in respect for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Steven Gerrard's side halted a three-game losing streak with a hard-fought point against the reigning champions Manchester City last time out. Southampton failed to convert several glaring chances in defeat to Wolves the Saturday before last, although they go into the weekend three points ahead of their upcoming hosts.
Here's everything you need to know about the meeting between these two sides.
Where are Aston Villa vs Southampton playing?
- Location: Birmingham, England
- Stadium: Villa Park
- Date: Friday 16 September
- Kick-off Time: 20:00 BST / 15:00 EST / 12:00 PST
- VAR: Paul Tierney
- Referee: Tony Harrington
Where can you watch Aston Villa vs Southampton in the UK?
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
- Channel: Sky Sports Premier League
- Channel: Sky Ultra HD
- Streaming Service: NOW TV
- Streaming Service: Sky Go
- Broadcast Time: 18:30 (BST)
Where can you watch Aston Villa vs Southampton in The United States?
- Channel: NBC Universo
- Streaming Service: NBC Sports
- Streaming Service: Peacock Premium
- Broadcast Time EST: 15:00
- Broadcast Time PST: 12:00
Where can you watch Aston Villa vs Southampton in Canada?
- Streaming Service: fuboTV
- Broadcast Time (EST): 15:00
Where can you watch Aston Villa vs Southampton Highlights?
- Channel: Sky Football
- Channel: BBC Match of the Day
- Stream: Sky Football YouTube channel
Aston Villa vs Southampton H2H Results (Last Five Games)
Aston Villa: 2 Wins
Southampton: 3 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
Aston Villa: LWLLD
Aston Villa team news
Matty Cash limped off during Villa's draw against City with a hamstring strain that is expected to keep him out until the other side of the international break next week. Summer arrival Diego Carlos is on a much longer-term timescale after rupturing his Achilles in August.
Aston Villa predicted lineup vs Southampton
Aston Villa Starting 11: Martinez; Young, Konsa, Mings, Digne; McGinn, Kamara, Ramsey; Coutinho; Watkins, Ings.
Bench: Olsen, Ings, Buendia, Chambers, Augustinsson, Bednarek, Coutinho, Archer, Dendoncker.
Southampton team news
Ralph Hasenhuttl is expected to have the vast majority of Southampton's squad at his disposal this weekend. Long-term absentees Tino Livramento (knee) and Romeo Lavia (hamstring) are thought to be the only members missing.
Southampton predicted lineup vs Aston Villa
Southampton Starting 11: Bazunu; Walker-Peters, Bella-Kotchap, Salisu, Perraud; Ward-Prowse, Diallo; S. Armstrong, Aribo, A. Armstrong; Adams.
Bench: McCarthy, Maitland-Niles, Lyanco, Elyounoussi, Mara, Djenepo, Edozie, Larios, Walcott.
Aston Villa vs Southampton score prediction
Villa's dethroned captain Tyrone Mings admits that his side "struggle with consistency". However, Southampton are hardly models of dependability themselves, failing to record the same result - positive or otherwise - in consecutive Premier League matches this season (LDWLWL).
Southampton suffered their heaviest away defeat of last season at Villa Park, falling to a 4-0 loss with Philippe Coutinho the star. Neither the Brazilian nor his teammates have provided a great deal of evidence recently to suggest another triumph as emphatic but the home side could edge out their inconsistent visitors.
Prediction: Aston Villa 2-1 Southampton