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Robbie Savage admits he would prefer Leeds, Aston Villa & Derby promotion than Norwich

Robbie Savage looks on during the FA Cup Third Round Replay match between Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United at Ewood Park on January 15, 2019 in Blackburn, United Kingdom.

Former Birmingham City midfielder Robbie Savage has commented on Aston Villa, Leeds United and Derby County in regards to their promotional challenge.

Jack Grealish of Aston Villa scores the second goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Birmingham City at Villa Park on November 25, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Robbie Savage has admitted that he would like to see the likes of Aston Villa, Leeds United and Derby County in the Premier League rather than current Championship leaders Norwich City.

Daniel Farke's side recorded a valuable 3-1 win over Leeds [BBC Sport] at Elland Road on Saturday to leapfrog them at the top of the table and boost their chances of finishing in an automatic place at the end of the season. 

Nonetheless, Villa fans will be surprised by Savage's comments because of his afflation with the club's bitter rivals Birmingham City, who he represented for a number of years during the mid-noughties. 

 

“Let's be honest,” Savage told BBC 606. “Would I rather see Leeds United, Derby County, Birmingham or Aston Villa than Norwich in the Premier League, yes I would.”

Despite that defeat against Norwich, Leeds are still sitting second in the table, level on points with Norwich, who are ahead of them on goal difference. 

As for Villa, they have had an inconsistent season, with manager Dean Smith replacing Steve Bruce in the dugout in October after their play-off final defeat last May.

Dean Smith head coach of Aston Villa in action during a training session at Bodymoor Heath training ground on January 31, 2019 in Birmingham, England.

At this moment in time, Smith's side are four points outside of the top-six as their chances of securing a playoff place are getting slimmer by the week.

Since the turn of the year, they have picked up only one win as they recorded a goalless draw [BBC Sport] away at relegation-threatened Reading on Saturday.

Now, Smith and his team will turn their attention to next Friday when they host third-placed Sheffield United on home soil, with Chris Wilder's side hoping to do the double over the Midlands outfit. 

Chris Wilder manager of Sheffield United during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Bolton Wanderers at Bramall Lane on February 2, 2019 in Sheffield, England.

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