Aston Villa vs Southampton: Ramsey eases pressure on Gerrard

Aston Villa vs Southampton: Ramsey eases pressure on Gerrard

Published September 17, 2022
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Aston Villa edged past Southampton 1-0 at Villa Park as Steven Gerrard breathed a huge sigh of relief.

It wasn’t pretty but the home fans went home happy. For now.

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Jacob Ramsey’s scrappy first half goal was enough for Villa to grab their second win of the season as Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Southampton didn’t turn up and were totally off the pace.

Villa weren’t much better but Gerrard saw his side grind out the win to move on to seven points for the season, the same number that Saints have.

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Villa go back to basics: After a poor run of form they went back to an ultra-defensive system to get the draw against Man City last time out and they kept that solid look for this win. Gerrard’s side weren’t pretty to watch. At all. But John McGinn scrapping away in midfield and Mings and Konsa clearing everything with a safety first approach summed up their approach. Villa hardly created a chance aside from the rebound Ramsey stuck away. They were savvy, solid and smart. That was all that was needed.

Saints lack any kind of cutting edge: They wanted to sign a striker late in the summer window and you can see why. Saints had no cutting edge throughout the game and barely created a chance. Their young players did okay but what will disappoint Hasenhuttl most is that the experienced trio of Che Adams, James Ward-Prowse and Mohamed Elyounoussi all struggled massively. This was Southampton’s worst display of the season by some distance and with so many young players there will be a lot of ups and downs as their win against Chelsea have been followed up by defeats at Wolves and Villa.

Two teams who could struggle: This was not a great game. At all. And it underlined that both of these teams may well be down in the lower reaches of the Premier League for most of this season. For Southampton they kind of expected that this season after signing so many inexperienced players. For Villa? They expected to be pushing for the top 10, at least, but on this showing, and even though they got the win, they are a long way off it.

Both teams lacked confidence on the ball but Villa played direct and tried to get their wingers as the ball as much as possible. At the end of the first half Coutinho dictated the tempo of the game as he dropped into little pockets of space and Saints’ midfield couldn’t pick him up and that is how Villa went ahead. It was a scrappy game from start to finish but Villa just had that extra bit of quality in the final third.

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Philippe Coutinho: Buzzed around in the first half and made things happen as Saints gave him too much space.

Tyrone Mings: Never looked out of control and gave Villa confidence they would not concede. Emiliano Martinez was really solid too, especially after just making the game after his injury.

Kyle Walker-Peters: The only Saints player to show any real composure on the ball.

After the international break Villa head to Leeds on Sunday, Oct. 2, while Southampton host Everton on Saturday, Oct 1.

Perhaps Aston Villa’s tide began to turn last time out, as they drew two-time defending champions Manchester City, with Leon Bailey’s first Premier League goal canceling out Erling Haaland’s 10th for a 1-1 stalemate. Though they had just three shots and held just 28 percent of possession in the game, Aston Villa defended in unison and limited Man City to just four shots on target. Situationally, they were much sharper (and luckier, to a degree) than they had been at any point in their first five games. Aston Villa’s next clean sheet will be their first one of the season, and that’ll be the top priority for Gerrard on Friday.

As for Southampton, it was a defeat to Wolves last time out, but that came on the heels of victories over Chelsea and Leicester, and a narrow, unlucky loss to Manchester United. For a side that most, if not all, pundits predicted down near the relegation zone, it’s hard to imagine a better start to Saints’ season, as summer signings Armel Bella-Kotchap (20 years old), Romeo Lavia (18 – currently injured) and Gavin Bazunu (20) quickly find their footing and breathe new life into a club teetering on the edge.

OUT: Diego Carlos (achilles), Matty Cash (hamstring), Jan Bednarek (loan – parent club)

This is your Aston Villa team to face Southampton at Villa Park tonight. 🟣#AVLSOU pic.twitter.com/rWfl4wgPaG

— Aston Villa (@AVFCOfficial) September 16, 2022

OUT: Valentino Livramento (knee), Romeo Lavia (undisclosed)

You REDS! ❤️

The #SaintsFC side taking on #AVFC: pic.twitter.com/qxcOE37GxL

— Southampton FC (@SouthamptonFC) September 16, 2022

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The Premier League Fan Fest is heading to Philadelphia in 2022, as the entire Premier League Mornings Live team will be in Philly for what promises to be an incredible weekend.

Our latest Fan Fest will take place on October 15-16 in Dilworth Park and we can’t wait to be in the City of Brotherly Love.

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That weekend the huge Liverpool vs Manchester City clash takes stage (Sunday, Oct. 16 at 11:30am ET), while on the same day in the other type of football the Philadelphia Eagles host the Dallas Cowboys on NBC’s Sunday Night Football.

It will be one heck of a party in Philly.

Below are more details on the event, while all you have to do is click on the link above to sign up so you can be there.

This marks the first Fan Fest in the state of Pennsylvania and continues a period of huge celebration for soccer in Philly.

With the Philadelphia Union flying high atop the Major League Soccer standings, plus Philadelphia recently announced as one of the host cities for games at the men’s 2026 FIFA World Cup, the beauty of the beautiful game is spreading to every corner of Philly’s famous streets.

Premier League Mornings Live is BACK and we’re heading to the City of Brotherly Love!

Join us at Dilworth Park in Philadelphia October 15-16.

Details on how to register and more: https://t.co/uxSWU8zvva#MyPLMorningNBC Sports | @BarclaysBankUS pic.twitter.com/OHFG85Oqf9

— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) August 27, 2022

Philadelphia was supposed to be the site of our Fan Fest in March 2020 but was postponed due to COVID-19.

“Philly’s been waiting, and we wanted to use the best opportunities at the right moment to come back,” NBC Sports’ senior vice president of consumer engagement Lyndsay Signor told The Philadelphia Inquirer. “For all of the reasons that we landed on Philly for 2020 — the fandom the city, as the heart of so many professional sports — there was never a question.

“But I think when it started to get closer to Philadelphia hosting the World Cup, and looking at some opportunities to collaborate around Sunday Night Football … it felt like a really awesome time to fire up the Philly fan base again, and bring Fan Fest back and actually be able to execute it without COVID parameters in the way.”

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Manchester City eased past Wolves at Molineux, as Pep Guardiola’s reigning champs remain unbeaten in the Premier League this season.

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Early goals from Jack Grealish and Erling Haaland set City on their way, as Wolves’ Nathan Collins then received a straight red card for an awful challenge on Grealish just 30 minutes into the game to make their task even harder.

Phil Foden added a third in the second half as City cruised to victory and have 17 points from their first seven games, while Wolves have six.

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City didn’t even get out of second gear: This was one of the most efficient wins City have had. They scored twice early, knocked the ball around nicely against 10 men for over an hour and left Molineux with three points. Pep Guardiola wasn’t delighted with the second half display and that was more about City taking their foot off the gas ahead of the international break, which is understandable. Still, Pep wants to batter teams by six or seven and is a perfectionist. Mahrez, Alvarez and Gundogan coming off the bench shows how deep their squad is and City look pretty unstoppable with De Bruyne (who collected a casual two assists), Haaland and Foden all on the same page.

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Grealish answered his critics: There was a hunger and freedom about Grealish after Guardiola’s glowing praise of the English playmaker ahead of this game. Plenty of critics point to Grealish not scoring or assisting enough (he told us here at PST last season that he needs to improve his numbers) but his manager doesn’t care if he doesn’t score. He wants him to slot into their attacking unit seamlessly. Grealish won the ball back often, got his goal, caused havoc and the only way Wolves could stop him was by Collins’ ridiculous challenge as he was shown a straight red card.

Wolves played better when they went down to 10: It’s weird when this happens, right? Wolves made mistakes galore early on and couldn’t cope with City’s movement as they were dragged all over the place. Then once Collins was sent off they not only looked more solid defensively but they were more of a threat in attack. Bruno Lage knew getting anything from this game was a tall order but it has still been a poor start to the season for Wolves given their fixtures. Dating back to last season they have won just one of their last 14 games in the Premier League and Wolves’ fans aren’t delighted with what they’re seeing. Still, with new signing Matheus Nunes looking good in midfield and Diego Costa yet to make his debut, Wolves showed enough to suggest they can turn things around.

Erling Haaland was angry: He scored another goal to take his ridiculous tally to 11 PL goals from his first seven games (a new record) but he was pretty upset with his general play. He slipped over a number of times, berated teammates for not whipping in crosses early and just seemed a bit moody as he shoved away a camera following him at half time. Haaland is hungry and he wanted more than one goal. That is scary.

Jack Grealish asked by BT Sport about criticism over his lack of goals: “Rightly so. I should be scoring more, getting more assists. I think the only thing I can do is score and get assists. I’m always going to have people talk about me with the amount I got bought for but I think if you look at my whole career I haven’t scored as much as certain people. Even when I was at Aston Villa. It is something I do want to add to my game and playing with this team and in front of these fans, hopefully I can.”

The gameplan was very clear from Man City: get the ball high and wide as often as you can. That led to their goals, with Foden teeing up Kevin de Bruyne who drifted out to the right to whip in a delicious cross for the first. This tactic forced Wolves’ central midfielders to basically play as wing backs, trying to protect the full backs as best as they could. They couldn’t give them much protection at all as Joao Cancelo in particular had a field day.

That said, Wolves did improve after going down to 10 men as Ruben Neves pinged balls forward from center back and Neto, Guedes and Podence caused City some problems. Bruno Lage will be happy with that response when Wolves’ players could have easily felt sorry for themselves.

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Jack Grealish: Showed great desire to get the early goal. Guardiola backed him publicly this week and he showed exactly why.

Kevin de Bruyne: Two assists and just glided around the pitch. Somehow KDB is still underrated.

Daniel Podence: Wolves’ outlet, the diminutive Portuguese attacker ran himself into the ground and caused John Stones and Ruben Dias some problems. He needs a center forward to play off and when Diego Costa is fit, he and Podence should be quite the partnership.Also Wolves’ captain Ruben Neves stood tall as he was asked to play center back.

Wolves head to West Ham on Saturday, Oct. 1, while Man City host Man United in the Manchester derby on Oct. 2.

And still, the room for more improvement from Manchester City is clear as day. While Haaland is putting the ball in the back of the net at an alarming rate, he’s doing so without being as involved in the build-up and combination play as he will be by the end of the season. His winning goal against Borussia Dortmund perfectly demonstrated his impact, as perhaps the only striker in the world who could put away such a difficult chance so convincingly. It’s Champions League or bust this season, without a single acceptable excuse for Man City not winning it.

Wolves, on the other hand, got their first win of the season last time out as they beat Southampton 1-0 at Molineux. Daniel Podence scored the only goal (his second of the season) and Bruno Lage’s side defended like madmen (as they always do). Though they have scored just the three goals themselves, they’ve conceded all of four.

OUT: Sasa Kalajdzic (torn ACL), Chiquinho (knee)

🇵🇹 Guedes back in the XI.🇲🇱 Boubacar on the bench.

How we line-up to take on @ManCity. #WOLMCI

🐺📋 pic.twitter.com/1h1UmpVYc0

— Wolves (@Wolves) September 17, 2022

OUT: Benjamin Mendy (suspension – MORE), Aymeric Laporte (knee), Kyle Walker (undisclosed)

Today’s team news 📝

XI | Ederson, Stones, Dias, Akanji, Cancelo, Rodrigo, De Bruyne (C), Bernardo, Foden, Haaland, Grealish

SUBS | Ortega Moreno, Carson, Walker, Ake, Gundogan, Alvarez, Gomez, Mahrez, Palmer#ManCity | @HaysWorldwide pic.twitter.com/HhhjMe6GZT

— Manchester City (@ManCity) September 17, 2022

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Reports state that an American billionaire is leading a group who are in exclusive talks to buy Premier League side Bournemouth.

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Per our partners in the UK at Sky Sports, Bournemouth’s current owner Maxim Demin is in ‘advanced talks’ with a group led by Bill Foley, who owns the Vegas Golden Knights in the NHL.

Foley, 77, is said to be the main man behind the bid which aims to take 100 percent control of Bournemouth if the takeover is confirmed. The report also states that talks have been ongoing since the summer and is it hoped the takeover will be completed by the time the Premier League breaks for the 2022 World Cup in November.

If the deal does go through, Bournemouth would become the 10th current Premier League side to be owned, or have a significant ownership stake in them, by Americans.

After their return to the Premier League this summer following two seasons in the second tier of English soccer, this seems like the right time for Demin to cash in.

He bought a stake in Bournemouth in 2015 and has helped bankroll their rise through the leagues as they eventually spent five seasons in the Premier League under Eddie Howe before they were relegated on the final day of the 2019-20 season.

Last month Bournemouth’s manager, Scott Parker, was fired for his outspoken comments against the ownership and the way the club was being run but it is now clear that the lack of big spending on new summer signings was because Demin is close to selling the club.

BREAKING: AFC Bournemouth owner Maxim Demin is in advanced talks over the sale of the south-coast club. It’s our understanding that Bill Foley, owner of NHL side Vegas Golden Knights, is heading the takeover which would see the American take a 100% stake of the club. pic.twitter.com/tl0mSrRure

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— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 16, 2022

What this could mean is Foley coming in and bringing a healthy transfer budget to be used in January, and beyond. With caretaker boss Gary O’Neil set to be in charge for a little while longer while this deal is concluded, it will be intriguing to see what direction Bournemouth head in.

Their Vitality Stadium home has the smallest capacity (11,364) in the Premier League by some distance and Bournemouth have hoped to expand the stadium, or move to a new stadium altogether, for many years.

The main thing potential new ownership would bring is the chance to cement themselves as a Premier League club once again.

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With the 2022 World Cup fast approaching, plenty of World Cup kits are starting to be released and there are some intriguing looks.

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From Mexico’s snazzy away number to Germany going for a solid new look for their home kit and Puma rolling out a very specific and similar look for their national teams, just like they did for their club teams on their away kits, there is a lot to unpack here.

When November rolls around and the World Cup kicks off, which one of these jerseys will you be wearing with pride? And which one will you be wearing because it looks really cool?

Below is our rankings of the World Cup kits which have been released.

This is a lovely away kit and will become a classic. Expect these beauties to fly off the shelves and be a jersey that neutrals love just as much as El Tri fans. The home kit is very decent too.

From our roots to our present. ❤️⚽️

Meet our new away jersey for the World Cup, Incondicionales. 🇲🇽😍#ElOrigenQueNosUne pic.twitter.com/5fib7L44UK

— Mexican National Team (@miseleccionmxEN) August 29, 2022

Absolutely sensational work. The home kit is unique enough but still sticks to Portugal’s bold colors, while the away kit is a classic too.

🇵🇹 #VesteABandeira. Inspirado nas cores da Nação Valente, o equipamento oficial da nossa Seleção já está disponível 👕 @nikefootball

🛒: https://t.co/JkIEKLw6A9

🇵🇹 #WearTheFlag. Inspired by the colors of the Brave Nation, our official kits are now available 👕 #NikeFC pic.twitter.com/yhYsqpejjd

— Portugal (@selecaoportugal) September 15, 2022

Oh, wow. This is absolutely beautiful. The away shirt is majestic and the home shirt is classic but with some intriguing detail on the sleeves. Nicely done.

Nowa koszulka reprezentacji Polski jest już dostępna w naszym Sklepie Kibica! 🇵🇱 #KoszulkaMarzenie #KierunekKatar

— Łączy nas piłka (@LaczyNasPilka) September 15, 2022

Well, this is another classic. Japan’s home kit is inspired by anime and the design is bold and recognizable. The away kit is fantastic too, especially the long-sleeved version.

日本を、歓喜で染めろ。#サッカー日本代表 2022 ユニフォームのコンセプトは #ORIGAMI。日本の想いをひとつに。歓喜に満ちた新しい景色を、共に創ろう。

アディダス公式オンラインショップにて先行販売開始。👉https://t.co/bRzdXVKEJA#アディダス #daihyo#日本を歓喜で染めろ pic.twitter.com/oyD82vbSqA

— アディダス ジャパン (@adidasJP) August 29, 2022

The home and away kits are both lovely and the colors just work together. Well done.

Montrer au monde ce que la France a de plus beau 🇫🇷 @nikefootball

🛒 https://t.co/S3nKmkYlCJ pic.twitter.com/pWEKlLHgJP

— Equipe de France ⭐⭐ (@equipedefrance) September 15, 2022

The home kit is classic. You can’t really mess up the blue and white stripes. Again, another lovely away kit. The purple is perfect and this just looks slick and silky. Much like Lionel Messi’s footwork.

Te presentamos nuestra nueva camiseta alternativa para el Mundial de #Qatar 💜

De la mano de nuestro capitán, Leo #Messi 😍

¡Vamos Argentina! 🇦🇷#adidasfootball #WorldCup @adidasAR pic.twitter.com/t0h2ZLpbIC

— Selección Argentina 🇦🇷 (@Argentina) August 29, 2022

Home kit looks like a classic and the away shirt is pretty decent too, but some people may not like the funky print on the shoulders.

The blue panels on the home kit are a bit meh but the away kit is a retro beauty.

Nike have released England’s home and away kits for the upcoming World Cup ⚪️🔴

Major throwback feels 🤩 pic.twitter.com/0pO1HzM6yl

— Midnite Football (@MidniteFtbl) September 15, 2022

They kind of ruined a classic with the home kit. It’s still cool but only having the checkered design on part of the home shirt is weird. The away kit is majestic.

The classic red checks on the Home jersey are remixed with a modern twist to reflect the energy and pride of our country.#Croatia | @nikefootball | #Vatreni❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/LV1TnEqNjL

— HNS (@HNS_CFF) September 15, 2022

The new Away Jersey is inspired by Croatia’s nightlife and natural beauty, with vibrant Laser Blue checks reflecting the vibrancy of our country’s fast-moving festival culture and the azure waters of our coastline.#Croatia | @nikefootball | #Vatreni❤️‍🔥 pic.twitter.com/RAjYGDzJE8

— HNS (@HNS_CFF) September 15, 2022

Pretty nice designs here. They could have gone with the plain white for the home and plain green for the away, but the snazzy designs work. Especially for the away kit.

The home shirt looks kind of velvety? Not the usual bright orange, which will upset some. The blue away kit is sleek and the real winner here.

Oranje Pride is Never Done.Introducing our new 2022 Home & Away Collection! 🧡🇳🇱@nikefootball pic.twitter.com/fjDiP5qgTB

— OnsOranje (@OnsOranje) September 15, 2022

This is the best of the Puma jerseys, as Senegal’s away kit is very distinctive and the green is lovely. This big panel on the middle of the kit is something we will get used to seeing a lot of during the World Cup.

Lions of Teranga 🇸🇳

The 2022 @Fsfofficielle Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/FGLYxt44j1

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Again, another Puma away kit but this Ghana shirt has plenty of personality.

Bold meets proud 🇬🇭

The 2022 @ghanafaofficial Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/wkVNd508Ok

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

This is fine. Expect a bit better from Die Mannschaft and it feels like they should have an all white jersey for their home kit.

Created in the studio – mastered on the pitch 💪Können nicht erwarten, unsere neuen Trikots im Stadion zu sehen 😍

Ab sofort erhältlich auf:➡️ https://t.co/I3vY7E3flJ #adidasFootball @adidas pic.twitter.com/p1nGoIldZ9

— DFB-Team (@DFB_Team) August 29, 2022

The home shirt has not been received well by fans, and some players, for being too boring. But the away shirt is pretty nice.

The USMNT drop their home and away kits for the 2022 World Cup 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/NuLWtxAyzs

— B/R Football (@brfootball) September 15, 2022

A bit plain, but like the collar and sleeve trims and the circular pattern around the middle is very cool.

It’s in the details 🇲🇦

The 2022 @EnMaroc Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/FozZhwFTCQ

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Eh, this could have been so much better. Spain’s home kit looks bland and the away kit is just too much with that pattern.

😍 ¡𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙖 𝙡𝙖 𝙛𝙧𝙖𝙨𝙚!

✍🏻 Nuestras nuevas equipaciones para #Qatar2022 son ____.#VamosEspaña pic.twitter.com/siLXV6hiRw

— Selección Española de Fútbol (@SEFutbol) August 29, 2022

Not quite sure what to make of this. The same velvety style as the Netherlands home shirt on Australia’s home shirt. Just doesn’t work. The away kit is also just very bland.

Again, another Puma away kit which looks very similar. Uruguay’s iconic sky blue could have been used a lot better on this away shirt.

La Celeste in a fresh take 🇺🇾

The 2022 @AUFOficial Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/eAAeaydz2w

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Lovely gold in the design and makes the white away kit pop a little.

The Eagles have landed 🇷🇸

The 2022 @FSSrbije Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/E8Dwn3Yemc

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

Just very bland. Not a lot going on and the panel in the middle is just a bit of an eyesore.

Stand for Suisse 🇨🇭

The 2022 @nati_sfv_asf Away kit, out now. pic.twitter.com/KEM3u9xwz0

— PUMA Football (@pumafootball) August 29, 2022

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