Beating the Saints would almost guarantee Aston Villa’s Premier League survival by lifting them to 37 points.
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With the Belgian goal machine on the fritz, the Cottagers have the chance to snare vital points at Villa Park.
Saido Berahino’s dressing room dressing down is a timely reminder of the negative effects new deals can have.
A rare chance to play at centre-forward is set to see the local lad fill his satchel against favoured foes.
Just 15 goals scored beyond their west Midlands abode suggests the Villans lack the firepower to trouble United’s backline.
Mark Hughes’ side are undefeated in six of seven, while the Villans struggle to pick up points at home.
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The subtle gifts of the home-grown schemer could be vital in unlocking a pragmatic visiting side.