Aston Villa V Southampton at Villa Park - Match Preview

Last updated : 23 November 2014
Aston Villa V Southampton - view commentary, squad, and statistics of the game live.Guzan salutes Saint ForsterBrad Guzan believes Fraser Forster can rival Joe Hart for the England number one shirt and praised the impact of the Southampton goalkeeper.The 26-year-old has conceded just five goals in the Barclays Premier League this season after a summer move from Celtic.He was part of England's World Cup squad in Brazil and made his third appearance for the Three Lions in Tuesday's 3-1 win in Scotland.Forster and Southampton face Aston Villa and fellow goalkeeper Guzan in Birmingham on Monday

And Villa's American shot-stopper said England are blessed to have Forster.Guzan said: "I think he is a very good goalkeeper, Joe is a good goalkeeper and England are fortunate to have two keepers - along with Ben Foster - who play week in, week out in the Premier League and playing for top teams."That's important

Sometimes Joe gets some unfair criticism but Fraser has done a really good job at Southampton and he is proving that he is a top goalkeeper."You look at Southampton as a whole and how he fits into that team and he has done a really good job."The record and the clean sheets speak for themselves

He is a big part of that, you tip your hat to him because it's not always easy coming from any league into the Premier League and adjusting

He has done a really good job."Villa defender Philippe Senderos is out for a month with a calf injury he suffered on international duty with Switzerland.His absence adds to the growing defensive problems ahead of the visit of Saints with Ron Vlaar (calf) also unavailable and Nathan Baker (knee) sidelined for two months.Jores Okore stands by to make his first appearance of the season with Villa down to their last two fit centre-backs - but right-back Alan Hutton (ankle) is fit

Fabian Delph (shoulder) remains sidelined until next year along with Libor Kozak (leg) while Christian Benteke is suspended.Meanwhile, Morgan Schneiderlin returned from international duty with a groin injury but Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is hopeful the 25-year-old will be available for the clash at Villa Park.Steven Davis is a doubt with a hamstring problem sustained against Leicester but Dusan Tadic is fit again.Southampton face a difficult Christmas period with games against Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, Everton and Chelsea all to come before the end of the year.Koeman, however, insists his team will not change their style of play against the league's tougher opponents."It's always easier to keep winning when the start is positive," Koeman said."The belief the players have is important to win games and in my opinion the most important thing is we keep our way of playing."Even if we play away or home at Manchester City or Liverpool, that has to be the same."James Ward-Prowse has a fractured foot and is still a month away from a return while Jay Rodriguez remains a long-term absentee with a cruciate ligament injury

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