Opta Stats: Southampton v Aston Villa

Will Graziano Pelle prove to be the difference when Southampton host Aston Villa?
Will Graziano Pelle prove to be the difference when Southampton host Aston Villa?
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Both sides are incentivised, with Southampton trying to reach Europe and Aston Villa looking to secure safety. Opta crunches the numbers so you don't have to.

"Southampton have won just one of their six previous Premier League matches against Aston Villa at St. Mary’s, with both sides scoring in each clash (D2 L3)."

The draw is 3.8514/5.

Southampton have won just one of their six previous Premier League matches against Aston Villa at St. Mary's, with both sides scoring in each clash (D2 L3). The draw is 3.8514/5.

Gabriel Agbonlahor has had a hand in three goals in his last three Premier League appearances against Southampton (two goals, one assist). Agbonlahor is 4.03/1 to score.

Tim Sherwood has won 54.5% of his first 33 Premier League games as a manager; only one Englishman has a better win rate from his first 33 PL matches - John Gregory (63.6%). Villa are 5.39/2 to win.

Saints have shipped exactly two goals in each of their last four games (D1 L3); they had conceded just eight in the previous 14. Over 2.5 goals is 2.0621/20.

Since Tim Sherwood's first PL game in charge of Aston Villa, Christian Benteke (10) has scored more goals than any other player and from just 13 shots on target. Benteke is 3.02/1 to find the net.

Tom Cleverley has netted three in his last three Premier League games after failing to score in his last 37 top-tier appearances before that. Cleverley is 5.59/2 to score.

Southampton have already set their best points return in the Premier League with 57. They are 1.814/5 to add another three to their total.

A win for the Villans will secure their Premier League status for next season. They were in the relegation zone with just 22 points before Tim Sherwood arrived at Villa Park. The draw half-time/Aston Villa full-time double result is 11.010/1.

10 of Graziano Pelle's 11 Premier League goals this season have arrived at St. Mary's. Pelle is 2.6213/8 to score.

Fabian Delph has attempted more shots without scoring than any other Premier League player in 2014/15 (33, excluding blocked). Southampton are 2.427/5 to keep a clean sheet.

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