Meanwhile, Villa's opponents Stoke are not quite out of danger just yet as they reside four points away from the drop zone following a run that has resulted in just one victory out of their last six encounters.
Villa, on the other hand, have managed to gain three wins in their last six, but with seven games left to play, boss Paul Lambert's young side will aim to get maximum points from their run-in.
Neither side was able to break the deadlock in the reverse fixture in December, but with more at stake this time around, goals will be vital for either club.
Stoke City: LDLLL
Aston Villa: LWWLL
Possible starting lineups
Stoke City: Begovic; Cameron, Shawcross, Huth, Wilson; Shotton, Whelan, N'Zonzi, Walters; Crouch, Jerome
Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Baker, Bennett; Sylla, Westwood, Bannan; Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Sports Mole says: 1-2