BBC pundit, Mark Lawrenson has weighed in on who he thinks will win Aston Villa’s match against relegation rivals Norwich City this weekend.
Dean Smith, the former Villa manager who was ousted in November and went on to be appointed at Carrow Road, returns to Villa Park for the first time.
Steven Gerrard is hoping to put an end to Villa’s dreadful five-game losing streak, which saw them lose four in a row before last weekend’s goalless draw against Leicester City.
BBC pundit Lawrenson said: “Villa got a point at Leicester last time out after four straight defeats but they really need a win and a good performance here after slipping down the table in recent weeks.
“It’s important for Steven Gerrard that things don’t continue to drift until the end of the season after he made such a strong start as Villa boss, because how they finish the campaign will affect who he is able to attract to the club in the summer.
“Norwich are even more desperate for points and could be relegated on Saturday if they lose and Burnley beat Watford. Unfortunately for the Canaries it is just a question now of when they go down, not if.
“They didn’t play too well against Newcastle last time out and it felt as if one or two of them had already accepted they would be falling through the trap door.”
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Source: Birmingham Mail