Aston Villa v Southampton Preview
Article By Stuart Young (Twitter: @avstu)4 Comments »Jan 11, 2013
There is no getting away from the fact that the pressure is really starting to grow on Paul Lambert and his Aston Villa team as they take on fellow relegation contenders Southampton at Villa Park tomorrow.
Following the 3-1 defeat at the hands of League 2 Bradford City, Villa have a game just as big if not bigger and if they are to survive in the Premiership this season it is a much win game against a side who beat us 4-1 earlier in the season.
Paul Lambert has admitted to sleepless nights following Tuesday nights result after describing it as his most embarrassing moment in his football career.
The home side sit 1 positing and 1 point above their visitors knowing that a victory would ease some of the pressure before going into next weekends local derby with West Bromwich Albion.
Aston Villa: Ron Vlaar has resumed training after missing seven weeks of action with a calf injury although it is unclear weather he will start or not. Boss Paul Lambert is also set to welcome back both Brett Holman (virus) and Ashley Westwood (ankle ligaments) but Darren Bent has been ruled out after picking up a knee injury on Tuesday.
Marc Albrighton, Chris Herd and Richard Dunne all remain on the casualty list while Karim El Ahmadi is away on African Nations duty.
Southampton: Neil Adkins will have to be without both Jose Fonte and Adam Lallana who both have knee problems.
Emmanuel Mayuka is away with Zambia at the Africa Cup of Nations.
- Villa have won three of their last 23 home games (W3 D9 L11).
- 19 points is Aston Villa’s lowest ever return after 21 games of a Premiership campaign.
- Southampton have only lost 2 of their previous 10 games (W3 D5 L2).
Referee: Chris Foy