Villa host West Brom on Saturday afternoon, and Brad Guzan has previewed the game in an interview with the Aston Villa website, claiming that the Villa Park home support will be vital if Tim Sherwood’s men are to get a result.
The USA international said: “We have to move forward. We have a massive game against West Brom on Saturday and obviously Blues after that. Villa Park will be rocking - and at its best. That huge support is vital for us, especially late on in games. When you have your home supporters it makes a massive difference. It's great that both games are at Villa Park.”
West Brom are in 14th place, sitting on five points, whilst Villa are one point and one place below their Midlands rivals, meaning a victory for either side will push them up the table at their opponents expense.
West Brom head into the game in better spirits, having gained a draw at the weekend, whilst Villa lost a two-goal lead to end up beaten by Leicester City.
However, the game is at Villa Park, and Guzan has admitted that the home support will be vital if Sherwood is to pick up an important three points.
With the game being a local derby, the Villa fans should be on top form, even if they have had little to sing about this season so far, and that atmosphere could help their team over the line.
Villa have struggled this term, but if the fans lead them to victory on Saturday, it could be the catalyst that kick-starts the Birmingham-based team into finally picking up points on a consistent basis.