Saints' top scorer Lambert starts against Villa

Aston Villa boss Paul Lambert made four changes for the home Barclays Premier League relegation encounter with Southampton.

Brad Guzan, Enda Stevens, Brett Holman and Ashley Westwood replaced the injured Shay Given, the ill Joe Bennett, Gabriel Agbonlahor and Barry Bannan respectively.

Saints’ leading scorer Rickie Lambert, who has eight goals this season, returned to the side after being rested for the FA Cup tie with Chelsea but injured centre-back Jose Fonte made way for Jos Hooiveld.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Clark, Baker, Stevens, Holman, Westwood, Delph, N’Zogbia, Benteke, Weimann.

Subs: Marshall, Vlaar, Ireland, Agbonlahor, Bowery, Bannan, Lichaj.

Southampton: Boruc, Clyne, Yoshida, Hooiveld, Shaw, Rodriguez, Cork, Schneiderlin, Puncheon, Ramirez, Lambert.

Subs: Kelvin Davis, Steven Davis, Fox, Ward-Prowse, Lee, Seaborne, De Ridder.

Referee: Mark Halsey (Lancashire)

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