Tim Sherwood delivers his verdict on whether Aston Villa will be promoted this season

Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Tim Sherwood acknowledges his sides fans following the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on May...

Aston Villa are currently in third place in the Championship table.

Tottenham Hotspur interim manager Tim Sherwood acknowledges his sides fans following the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Aston Villa at White Hart Lane on May...

Tim Sherwood has told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast, which was broadcast on TalkSPORT on 9th January, that he believes Aston Villa will be promoted this season.

Villa have won their last six league matches in succession to put serious pressure on second placed Derby County.

The claret and blues are just one point behind Gary Rowett’s side now, with their next match coming against Birmingham City.

The second city derby promises to be a test for both sides, but Sherwood feels that Villa are just hitting their stride.

Tim Sherwood manager of Tottenham Hotspur smiles during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Fulham at White Hart Lane on April 19, 2014 in London, England.

“Villa are on the march. They have the squad, they have the firepower and the manager,” Sherwood said.

“It’s a massive game. Amazingly, I was told by the club that it didn’t matter. That you can rest the players for the Premier League! Fortunately I realised it did matter and we got the win.

“It [the club] is going to be back where it belongs, I’m sure, next season.”

Bruce has faced criticism at times this term, but his side’s performances over January earned him the Manager of the Month award.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Cardiff City at Villa Park on November 26, 2016 in Birmingham, England.

Villa will now be looking to make it seven wins in a row, to continue their impressive run of form, but doing so is sure to be a challenge.

Birmingham have shown signs of promise over recent weeks, and are unbeaten in their last four outings in the Championship.

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