PREVIEW Aston Villa v Southampton

first_img[dropcap]H[/dropcap]aving spoken to several ‘self-appointed’ football experts over the weekend they all seem unanimous in one forecast. The Southampton bubble will burst soon.Intriguingly though, not one of them has come up with a solid reason why it will and I’m very much still a bull when it comes to backing Southampton.Sure, they are the surprise package of the season and no one could have expected them to be in second place, especially after such a poor start.  But they now have huge chances of getting a Champions League spot.To start opposing them now on the basis that ‘the bubble has to burst’ seems not only folly but an expensive strategy.And I’m certainly not going to take them on against Aston Villa whose run of six straight defeats came to an end by virtue of a 0-0 draw against West Ham.Villa’s problems are well documented. They simply cannot find the back of the net and have now scored just once in their last seven games. Shocking.On the other hand Southampton are going for their sixth straight win – a sequence which started with an 8-0 demolition of Sunderland.Aston Villa v SouthamptonPremier League8pm SKYHEAD TO HEAD RECORD(Maximum 10 matches)Apr 2014 Premier Aston Villa 0-0 SouthamptonDec 2013 Premier Southampton 2-3 Aston VillaJan 2013 Premier Aston Villa 0-1 SouthamptonSep 2012 Premier Southampton 4-1 Aston VillaApr 2005 Premiership Southampton 2-3 Aston VillaAug 2004 Premiership Aston Villa 2-0 SouthamptonMay 2004 Premiership Southampton 1-1 Aston VillaNov 2003 Premiership Aston Villa 1-0 SouthamptonMar 2003 Premiership Southampton 2-2 Aston VillaOct 2002 Premiership Aston Villa 0-1 SouthamptonTEAM NEWSAston Villa01 Guzan21 Hutton05 Okore06 Clark23 Cissokho08 Cleverley15 Westwood24 Sánchez28 N’Zogbia11 Agbonlahor10 WeimannSouthampton23 Forster02 Clyne06 Fonte17 Alderweireld21 Bertrand11 Tadic12 Wanyama04 Schneiderlin07 Long19 Pellè10 ManéI can’t have anything other than a Southampton win and am staking quite high on that outcome at around 3/4 with Star Sports.RECOMMENDED BETS (scale of 1-50 points)BACK SOUTHAMPTON at around 3/4 for 24 points with Star SportsRETURN SINCE START OF WORLD CUP: PROFIT 66.63 POINTSWhat’s your view? CALL STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img

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