Aston Villa travel to the south coast on Saturday to take on Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton in the Premier League.

Dean Smith’s side fell to a narrow 3-2 defeat against Tottenham Hotspur in their last league encounter, whilst the Saints also lost at home to Burnley.

Villa currently sit just one point away from the dreaded relegation zone whilst the Saints are seven points above 18th placed West Ham United.

Smith’s side are boosted by the return to fitness of centre-back Tyrone Mings, who missed the defeat against Jose Mourinho’s Spurs due to tonsilitis. 

As for Southampton, they will have to make do without three first-team stars. 

Nathan Redmond, Sofiane Boufal and Kyle Walker-Peters have all been sidelined, with Redmond set to miss a couple of months.

The last time these two sides met, Southampton won 3-1 at Villa Park, with Danny Ings finding the back of the net twice.

Smith is expected to keep playing with a 3-4-3 formation. Below, we’ve selected our predicted Villa XI for the clash.