Adrian Clarke looks at key tactical points ahead of Matchweek 29.
The Tanzanian striker has scored twice in five appearances since joining in January and earned praise for his performances.
Operating as a lone striker for a team struggling in the bottom three can be tough work, but the 27-year-old has a good attitude.
He is prepared to close down defenders and is always on the move, looking for an opportunity to find space inside the opposition half.
His brightness and industry can have an uplifting effect.
The stats above show that the January signing from Genk is more mobile than Wesley, who is currently out injured.
He covers 0.5 km extra per 90 minutes and makes a significant number of additional sprints than the 23-year-old.
Samatta is not blessed with as much pace or power as the Brazilian, but his work ethic can force mistakes from defenders.
In Monday's all-Midlands affair the Foxes defenders be given no time to relax.
Villa's midfielders and wide forwards have contributed 23 of the team's 34 goals this season.
Head coach Smith will hope Samatta will ease some of that burden, but having a striker who holds the ball up is also important to his style of play.
At 6ft (180cm) he is not the most imposing striker but Samatta has great timing in the air.
|Passing accuracy in opposition half||71.7%||76.6%|
This means he can provide a regular outlet for longer passes from back to front.
Excellent at laying the ball off or knocking it down for team-mates, he is comfortably outperforming Wesley in a creative sense, too.
He lays on more than double the number of chances, which means midfield runners have a greater incentive to gamble and make forward bursts.
Look out for this on Monday night at King Power Stadium.
Of all the teams lying in the bottom six, Villa supply by far the most crosses for their forwards to attack.
*up to Matchweek 28
Building down the flanks is a style that suits Samatta.
Leicester will likely dominate possession in this match but when illa get inside the final third, they have the talent to create problems from either wing.
Given the way Leicester have defended balls played into the box, this could have a major bearing on the outcome.
If the Foxes switch off for a moment, Samatta is good enough to punish them.