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After last weekend's schedule was postponed due to the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, the 2022-23 English Premier League resumes Friday with a pair of matches, including one in which Aston Villa host Southampton. After suffering three consecutive losses, Aston Villa (1-1-4) ended the slide in their last match, a 1-1 draw against reigning league champion Manchester City. Southampton (2-1-3) dropped a 1-0 decision versus Wolves last time out, marking the second time in three games they failed to score.

Kickoff at Villa Park in Birmingham is set for 3 p.m. ET. The Villans are +108 favorites (risk $100 to win $108) in the latest Aston Villa vs. Southampton odds from Caesars Sportsbook, while the Saints are +245 underdogs. A 90-minute draw is priced at +255 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before locking in any Southampton vs. Aston Villa picks, you need to see what proven soccer insider Jon Eimer has to say.

Eimer is a high-volume bettor who has vast knowledge of leagues and players across the globe. Since joining SportsLine, Eimer has covered the English Premier League, Serie A, the FA Cup and much more. He is 31-17-1 on his Premier League picks for SportsLine in 2022, for a profit of more than $1,200 for $100 bettors, and 13-7 on his last 20 soccer picks overall.

Now, Eimer has broken down the Southampton vs. Aston Villa matchup from every angle and just locked in his picks and EPL predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Aston Villa vs. Southampton:

  • Aston Villa vs. Southampton spread: Aston Villa -0.5 (+100)
  • Aston Villa vs. Southampton over/under: 2.5 goals
  • Aston Villa vs. Southampton money line: Aston Villa +108, Southampton +245, Draw +255
  • AV: The Villans have scored a total of five goals in their six matches this season
  • SOU: The Saints have failed to score in two of their last three contests
  • Aston Villa vs. Southampton picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back Aston Villa

Despite having won just one of their first six matches this season, the Villans can look to their effort against Manchester City as a sign that things may be turning around. The club kept the two-time defending champions off the scoresheet in the first half and received a goal from winger Leon Bailey in the 74th minute to level the match and earn a point. It was the second goal in four games across all competitions for the 25-year-old, who also scored on Aug. 23 in Aston Villa's 4-1 victory against Bolton in the second round of the EFL Cup.

The Villans were dominant when they hosted Southampton last season, posting a 4-0 victory this past March. Forward Ollie Watkins scored one of his team-leading 11 goals while Danny Ings, Douglas Luiz and Philippe Coutinho also found the back of the net. Watkins, Ings and Luiz have recorded one goal apiece thus far this season, with the former also notching a pair of assists. 

Why you should back Southampton

The Saints are led offensively by Che Adams, who has recorded two of the team's seven goals this season. The 26-year-old forward netted both of his tallies in Southampton's 2-1 triumph over Leicester City on Aug. 20. Adams finished second on the team in 2021-22 with seven goals and also notched three assists in 30 matches.

Southampton was led last season by James Ward-Prowse, who registered 10 tallies - his highest total in 10 campaigns with the club. The 27-year-old midfielder scored the Saints' lone goal in their season-opening 4-1 loss to Tottenham on Aug. 6. Striker Adam Armstrong, who netted the decisive tally in Southampton's 2-1 triumph over Chelsea on Aug. 30, produced the lone goal in a 1-0 win against Aston Villa in the first of their two meetings in 2021-22.

How to make Southampton vs. Aston Villa picks

Eimer has analyzed the Southampton vs. Aston Villa matchup from all sides and has revealed two confident best bets and a full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing his Aston Villa vs. Southampton predictions at SportsLine.

So who wins Southampton vs. Aston Villa on Friday? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for Aston Villa vs. Southampton, all from the soccer expert who has crushed his recent soccer picks for SportsLine, and find out.