Aston Villa defender Neil Taylor has been quoted by the Express & Star as sending a warning to potential Championship play-off rivals Leeds United, ahead of Sunday’s clash.
Leeds look as though they have missed out on finishing in the automatic promotion slots, after a 2-0 loss to Brentford on Monday. Sheffield United sit three points clear with two league games to play.
Villa, meanwhile, have come from nowhere to qualify for the play-offs. They have won 10 Championship matches on the bounce, including a 1-0 win last time out against Millwall.
Taylor suggested that Leeds should be scared to play against Aston Villa on Sunday, despite the match taking place at Elland Road. He also believes that a side going into the play-offs with momentum are to be feared.
“There are big games still to play and we don’t want to stop,” Taylor said.
“I am sure if we went into a game with a team who have won 10 games in a row, you would fear them a little bit because you know what they are capable of.
“People know what we are capable of at the minute. I suppose it is a bit like Fulham last season. That momentum going into the play-offs can be quite big.”
Aston Villa are seen by many as favourites for the play-offs following their excellent run, that has seen them topple the likes of play-off rivals Derby County, Bristol City and Middlesbrough in that 10-match winning run.
Indeed, it is a huge boost when going into the play-offs to have momentum. But anything can happen, and Leeds showed just that when visiting Villa Park earlier this season.
Two goals down, Leeds came back to win 3-2 thanks to goals from Jack Clarke, Pontus Jansson and Kemar Roofe. The winners of Sunday’s clash will give an indicator of their chances in the play-offs.