While Aston Villa are near the bottom of the table in xG, they play quite an attractive style and have the attacking talent to not just create chances but score them. Life without English Coutinho I mean Grealish has been difficult for the Villains, but I can’t help but think they’ll get this thing turned around soon. Unfortunately for them, they run into a Southampton side today who’ve been playing free-flowing football all season long, just a tad better (tad = 1 point in the standings).
There haven’t been loads of goals scored in Southampton games, but I’ve seen enough to where I think their games will genuinely be open affairs. I believe their games, totals specifically, will be more based on their opponents rather than themselves. So let’s look at Villa a bit closer.
While no Ings is certainly a blow, especially given his knack for scoring against his old clubs, he isn’t the driving force behind their attack. Leon Bailey was another summer move that will pay dividends now and in the future. He gives them much needed pace and dribbling out wide in a league that suddenly has star talent everywhere. The standard in this league has been raised, and Villa need to do the same before it’s too late.
The main man who has been getting most of my attention this year for Aston Villa is Emi Buendia. One of two Argentine Emis for Villa, it’s not difficult to see why he’s been given the number 10. Maybe he just thought it looked cool, although I doubt any footballer from Argentina fails to see the significance of wearing the number 10 shirt. The POINT is… he’s what makes them really go. He makes plays and puts defenders in tricky situations unlike anyone else on their team, and could be the deciding factor today.
SOUTHAMPTON o2.5 (-118) 2u
YTD 136-112 27.36