KICK off: 30 January 22:00
Information: Southampton remain without a number of first-team players through injury, but Kyle Walker-Peters may be available and Ryan Bertrand is back from suspension. Nathan Redmond was a second-half substitute against Arsenal and is in contention to make his first start since October. James Ward-Prowse claimed another assist last time out to take the midfielder to nine goal involvements this term, making this his most productive Premier League campaign.
Villa brought in Morgan Sanson from Marseille for £16m this week and he is line to make his debut at St Mary’s, though that will likely be from the bench. Rotation is possible in attack should Smith wish to freshen things up, with Bertrand Traore, Anwar El-Ghazi and Trezeguet battling for a starting spot. Ollie Watkins will surely lead the line as he looks to score in a third successive Premier League game for the first time.
Southampton possible starting lineup: McCarthy; Valery, Bednarek, Stephens, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Diallo, Walcott; Adams, Ings
Aston Villa possible starting lineup: Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; Luiz, McGinn; Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins
Prediction: Southampton 0 Asian handicap