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Preview: Why are you still paying attention to this Villa squad?

Aston Villa are relegated, and Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards are going to start at centre back. Stop watching.

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Don’t even bother.

Already-relegated Villa host Southampton tomorrow, and you shouldn’t care. Find something better to do with your life.

What to know about Villa

Jores Okore probably won’t play for the Claret and Blues again, and Ciaran Clark is injured.

You know what that means!

(Hint: Don’t watch Joleon Lescott and Micah Richards concede 20 goals.)

What to know about Southampton

Actually, I’ve been really impressed with Saints this season. Whenever a club overachieves, like Southampton have done the last couple years, there’s typically that year where the bottom falls out in spectacular fashion — think Fulham in their relegation year, for example. And early in the year, it looked like this might be that year, with Saints struggling to pick up points early in the season.

But like Stoke City, who have been resurgent over the last 20-25 matches, Southampton have had an excellent close to the season and should secure a top-half finish once again with a win at Villa Park on Saturday, with the Europa League still feasible headed into the final weeks of the season. They’ve put together an impressive squad over the last couple years, and as they’re set to drop to Championship level, Villa should take note of how Southampton have built themselves into a solid top-flight club — emulating them, Stoke and West Ham United is a more feasible way forward than trying to "pull a Leicester."

If there’s any player that’s more reflective of Villa’s demise than Saints left back Ryan Bertrand though, I’d love to see him. When he was on loan at Villa Park, Bertrand had some shaky appearances and never really got his feet under him the way most supporters at B6 hoped he would. But since Bertrand moved to the South Coast, he’s thrived, breaking back into the England setup in 2015.

Everything’s broken at Villa, while everything works at Southampton.

The odds

What though the odds, please don’t bet on Villa.

The prediction

I don’t know, man. Let’s roll with a cheeky 1-3 to the visitors and go home.