- Aston Villa vs Southampton

Saturday 19 April 2014 | Villa Park | Kick-off 15:00

Aston Villa
Aston Villa
0 - 0
Southampton
Southampton

Match preview

Aston Villa will have a new look backroom team when they face Southampton in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.

The club has promoted Gordan Cowans and experienced goalkeeper Shay Given as assistants to manager Paul Lambert on a temporary basis. This comes after assistant manager Ian Culverhouse and head of football operations Gary Karsa were suspended pending an internal investigation.

Chairman Randy Lerner came out on Wednesday to hail the "loyalty and commitment" shown by the trio, and Lambert said he and Lerner continued to get on well.

"We still have a good relationship and it's never been a problem," the former Norwich City manager said. "I've just got to do my job day by day, my whole intent is to be here next year and the year after that."

Lambert will be looking to end a run of four consecutive Premier League losses, which leave Villa 14th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone.

Their eighth-placed opponents Southampton have been assured of their third successive season in the top flight for some time.

Mauricio Pochettino's men look set for a top-half finish, although back-to-back losses to Manchester City and Cardiff City have dented their chances of rising any higher than their current position.

Despite the fact Southampton are facing something of an anti-climactic end to their season, Pochettino believes the majority of clubs in the Premier League would swap places with his side in an instant.

"I don't think our season is going to peter out," the Argentinian said. "Other teams would love to be in our position. To be in the Premier League next season is a big achievement."

Pochettino will be without Maya Yoshida (knee) and Gaston Ramirez (knock), as well as long-term absentee Jay Rodriguez (knee), for the trip to Villa Park, although first-choice keeper Artur Boruc is fit to return after a back problem.

Lambert, meanwhile, has no new injury worries, with Leandro Bacuna available after shaking off a hamstring injury.

Aston Villa from: Guzan, Steer, Baker, Bennett, Bertrand, Clark, Lowton, Luna, Vlaar, Albrighton, Bacuna, Delph, El Ahmadi, Gardner, Herd, Johnson, Sylla, Tonev, Westwood, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Helenius, Holt, Weimann.

Southampton from: Boruc, Gazzaniga, Clyne, Fonte, Hooiveld, Lovren, Shaw, Chambers, Cork, S Davis, Guly, Lallana, Schneiderlin, Wanyama, Ward-Prowse, Gallagher, Lambert.

Match Appointments
Referee: Lee Mason. Assistants: L Betts, M Perry. Fourth Official: S Attwell.

Current form

Last six matches

lost

1 - 0 v Crystal Palace (A) 12 Apr 2014

lost

1 - 2 v Fulham (H) 05 Apr 2014

lost

4 - 1 v Man Utd (A) 29 Mar 2014

lost

1 - 4 v Stoke (H) 23 Mar 2014

won

1 - 0 v Chelsea (H) 15 Mar 2014

won

4 - 1 v Norwich (H) 02 Mar 2014
Last win/defeat

won

1 - 0 v Chelsea (H) 15 Mar 2014

lost

1 - 0 v Crystal Palace (A) 12 Apr 2014

Current form

Last six matches

lost

0 - 1 v Cardiff (H) 12 Apr 2014

lost

4 - 1 v Man City (A) 05 Apr 2014

won

4 - 0 v Newcastle (H) 29 Mar 2014

lost

3 - 2 v Spurs (A) 23 Mar 2014

won

4 - 2 v Norwich (H) 15 Mar 2014

won

0 - 1 v Crystal Palace (A) 08 Mar 2014
Last win/defeat

won

4 - 0 v Newcastle (H) 29 Mar 2014

lost

0 - 1 v Cardiff (H) 12 Apr 2014

Last corresponding meeting

Aston Villa Southampton

Sat 12 Jan 2013 | Villa Park | Attendance: 32,500

Aston Villa 0 - 1 Southampton
  • Rickie Lambert (34 Pen)
  Possession
Aston Villa 51%
Southampton 49%
Shots on Goal On Target Off Target
Aston Villa 5 6
Southampton 4 8
  Fouls Yellow Cards Red Cards
Aston Villa 11 1 0
Southampton 6 1 0
Total 17 2 0
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