Aston Villa will be trying to bounce back from their first defeat of the season against Leeds last week as they take on Southampton at Villa Park on Sunday lunchtime.

A perfect start was emphatically ended by Marcelo Bielsa’s side last week, but Dean Smith’s team still find themselves third in the table and could end the weekend top of the pile if other results go their way.

The Villa manager has called for a response from his troops, who have no new injury worries to deal with ahead of the visit of Southampton. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton is close to returning to action, but wasn’t ready to play in a behind-closed-doors friendly earlier this week. He’s expected to play for the under-23’s in the coming weeks as he returns from a long-term knee injury.

Brazilian striker Wesley is still missing, but could step up his return after the international break, while Kortney Hause is expected to miss out again with a groin injury.

Southampton might be tempted to keep the same XI that beat Everton last weekend, although they do have Theo Walcott available again after missing the game against his parent club.

Will Smallbone is still out with a hamstring injury, and despite training this week, Moussa Djenepo will also miss the game. New signing Mohamed Salisu is also out, but is closing in on a debut in the coming weeks.

Aston Villa take on Southampton on Sunday, November 1st. Kick off is at 12pm.

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