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Aston Villa are set to take on fellow Premier League strugglers Southampton this afternoon, in the first of what will be three huge games for Villa’s season in the coming weeks.

Villa come into the game off the back of what was purely a morale-boosting win over a young Liverpool team in the Carabao Cup this week. Goals from Conor Hourihane, Jonathan Kodjia x2, and Wesley alongside an own goal was enough to see Villa safely through into the last four.

However, if you look back at the Villa’s previous league game then the same cannot be said, as Dean Smith’s men failed to turn up in what was already a tough enough test against a very much in-form Sheffield United.

Possible lineups

Possible lineups

ASTON VILLA

Subs from Nyland, Kalinic, Taylor, Chester, Ramsey, Lansbury, Kodjia, Jota, O’Hare, Trézéguet, Elmohamady, Douglas Luiz, Konsa.

SOUTHAMPTON

Subs from Gunn, Lewis, Yoshida, Danso, Adams, Romeu, Obafemi, Vokins, Slattery, Boufal, Ramsay, Sims, McQueen, Long.

MATCH INFO

Start date: 21. Dec 2019, 17:00

Location: Birmingham

Venue: Villa Park

Referee: Craig Pawson, England

Norwich City vs Wolverhampton

Norwich City will take on Wolverhampton in a holiday battle at 10 a.m. ET on Saturday at Carrow Road. Since Norwich’s past four matches have been decided by no more than a single goal, don’t be surprised if it’s a close one.

On Saturday, the Canaries and Leicester City ended up with a point apiece after a 1-1 draw.

Meanwhile, Wolverhampton fell a goal short of Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday, losing 2-1.

After their draw, Norwich will be looking to earn the full three points in this match. We’ll see if Wolverhampton is willing to oblige them.

Possible lineups

Possible lineups

MATCH INFO

Start date: 21. Dec 2019, 17:00

Location: Norwich

Venue: Carrow Road

Referee: Peter Bankes, England