Aston Villa v Southampton: Visitors to leave with the points

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For a side that at present only Chelsea can boast of bettering in the Premier League table, Southampton haven’t enjoyed too much prime-time television exposure this season.

That will all change on Monday night though, when Ronald Koeman’s men travel north to face Aston Villa in front of the Sky cameras.

Ladbrokes make the Saints the favourites for victory – a bet we recommend as one of the three best for the game below – with Villa available at 15/4 and the draw a 13/5 shot.

Southampton to win @ 4/5

Paul Lambert’s Villa are the worst team in the league when playing at home. The Villans have managed just four points in their five games at Villa Park this season and have lost their last three there.

Southampton, on the other hand, rank fourth when it comes to playing away from home and have claimed three victories in five attempts on the road.

Southampton to win to nil @ 17/10

Rather than backing a Saints win at skinny odds, equal confidence should be placed on this more circumspect punt landing as well.

Villa have failed to score in six of their last seven games in the Premier League, while Southampton have kept their sheets clean in six of their last eight, including all of their last four; games that they have won too.

Over 2.5 goals @ 1/1

With Villa expected to fail to find the net, Southampton will have to land this bet on their own, something they’ve managed three times in the league in total this season and on four occasions all told.

This clash has seen over 2.5 goals scored in three of the last five editions.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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