Aston Villa travel to the south coast to take on Southampton in the Premier League this weekend.

Both sides will be peering nervously over their shoulder as the relegation battle intensifies.

In the reverse fixture at Villa Park, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s side were deserved winners, with striker Danny Ings netting a double as the Saints claimed a 3-1 victory.

However, their form at St Mary’s Stadium hasn’t been the best. They have nine league wins this season but only three of them have come at home, which suggests that the three points are there for the taking for Dean Smith’s men.

Both sides come into the match on the back of defeats, with Villa losing out to Tottenham Hotspur, whilst Southampton fell to a loss against Sean Dyche’s Burnley.

Villa will need to ensure they do a few things correctly to bounce back from that defeat.

Below, we’ve mentioned five of those things that we believe could be crucial to helping Villa to a victory.

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