Leading bookmaker SkyBet has them 1/8 favourites to go down, but Magath has not, at least publicly, given up hope of prolonging Fulham's 13-year stay in the top flight.
Time is running out for the Cottagers, though, and you would think that they need to pick up a positive result this weekend against a Villa side who have suffered consecutive 4-1 defeats to retain hope of survival.
Paul Lambert will be relieved to be watching the fight to avoid the drop from a relatively safe distance this season, although 12th-placed Villa probably need another win to guarantee that they stay up.
At this stage last term, the Midlands club, who are eight points clear of the bottom three, were only two points above water, but the goals of Christian Benteke soon fired them up the table.
However, the Belgian has been ruled out for six months with an Achilles injury, and will miss the World Cup. Gabriel Agbonlahor could play though the middle, with Andreas Weimann and Mark Albrighton in behind him.
At the other end of the pitch, Lambert may consider changes to his leaky defence. With Villa having conceded eight goals in their last two games, Matt Lowton may be restored at right-back to allow Leandro Bacuna to play in midfield, while Nathan Baker should return after recovering from a knock.
Magath must decide whether to put his faith in Fulham's young stars, as he has done in recent weeks, or recall experienced names such as Scott Parker, who is available again following a knee injury.
One of the teenagers will be supported by Ashkan Dejagah, who has three goals in his last five games, while former Villa striker Darren Bent is poised to be named on the bench after overcoming an illness.
Possible starting lineups
Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Baker, Vlaar, Bertrand; Bacuna, Westwood, Delph, Albrighton; Weimann; Agbonlahor
Fulham: Stockdale; Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Riise; Parker, Sidwell, Holtby; Kasami, Dejagah; Dembele
Sports Mole says: 2-0