Carlton Palmer explains why FA Cup game is 'vital' for Aston Villa

Former Leeds and England midfelder Carlton Palmer explains why the FA Cup game against West Brom is vital for Aston Villa this weekend.

Former England midfielder Carlton Palmer told Extra Time for talkSPORT why he feels Aston Villa’s FA Cup game this weekend is vital for the club.

Villa secured a much needed win against West Brom in the league earlier this week and face the Baggies again in the cup this weekend.

They have momentum and Palmer has stressed the need for Villa and manager Tim Sherwood to cash in and make the most of it.

“I think the cup game is vital for them – if they win, the momentum and knowing they have a semi-final at Wembley could really help them in the Premier League,” said Palmer.

The cup game this weekend could see Sherwood make one or two changes to set his team up with a more attacking and aggressive mind set.

The match doesn’t have the pressure of the Premier League relegation fight surround it, which could see Sherwood let the side off the leash.

Villa have a chance to utilise their pace and entertain the home crowd and create some positive feeling, which has been missing from Villa Park for most of the season.

Villa then face an away game against Sunderland and if they can head into that game on the back of consecutive wins, which sets them up for another three points against one of the sides battling against them in the bottom half.

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