The two sides find themselves third and seventh respectively heading into the weekend and have both earned several plaudits for the way they have started the campaign.
A 3-0 defeat to Leeds United last Friday was the first blot on Aston Villa's otherwise perfect copybook this campaign.
Sitting on 12 points from a possible 15, they are already over a third of the way to their final tally last season of 35.
However Villa's recent record against Southampton is not good, as they have failed to beat the Saints in their last eight attempts.
It was the Toffees' first defeat of the season and made it four games unbeaten for Southampton after they lost their opening two matches.
The Saints have 10 points from a possible 18 - their best return at this stage since the 2014-15 season.
The win against Everton marked a year to the day since their 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester City – a reminder of just how much they have progressed in the last 12 months.
Ralph Hasenhuttl should take an awful lot of credit, as should the club's owners for sticking with the Austrian when many would have sacked him.
European football is now a realistic ambition for Southampton supporters and they could move into the top four with victory on Sunday.
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Dean Smith has only changed his starting XI once all season – when Ross Barkley replaced Conor Hourihane – and the defeat to Leeds is unlikely to result in any rash selection decisions.
Loanee Theo Walcott is available again for Southampton after being ineligible to feature against parent club Everton last weekend.
Aston Villa possible starting lineup:
Martinez; Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett; McGinn, Luiz; Trezeguet, Barkley, Grealish; Watkins
Southampton possible starting lineup:
McCarthy; Walker-Peters, Bednarek, Vestergaard, Bertrand; Armstrong, Ward-Prowse, Romeu, Redmond; Adams, Ings
We say: Aston Villa 1-1 Southampton
A really interesting match awaits and both sides will feel that they are capable of coming away with victory. Aston Villa will want to prove that defeat to Leeds was a one off, while Southampton are coming into their own. It's too tight to call, so we're going for a draw.
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