Light the blue touch paper and stand well back ahead of Norwich City’s Premier League trip to Aston Villa

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is up for the scrap at Villa Park. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire.

Norwich City manager Alex Neil is up for the scrap at Villa Park. Photo: John Walton/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Alex Neil predicts fireworks in Norwich City's high stakes Premier League tussle against Aston Villa.

The Canaries' chief insists Villa Park will be no place for the faint-hearted on Saturday with both clubs desperate for points to ease relegation fears.

City go in search of a first Premier League double over rock-bottom Villa since the 1992/93 campaign following a 2-0 Carrow Road win over Christmas.

'We understand the enormity of the situation,' said Neil. 'That game was an intense, high-pressure game and perhaps the only difference now is at that stage Villa were much more in touch with the rest. That gave us an advantage because we both had the same thing at stake. Now with Villa being cut adrift there is less pressure on them.

'I can't see it being a tight, cagey, tense affair because a point is not really the best outcome for either.

'You might have thought before Liverpool that was going to be tense and nervy and it ended up 5-4. I feel it will be relatively open, both teams know they need to win and will attack it as such. They've only won twice all season so of course they want to do it for their home fans and try to show them they have turned a corner and we have to be ready for that.'

Norwich have lost four of their last five Premier League games since beating Villa on home soil and head to Villa Park two points clear of the bottom three. Neil, however, is not setting a survival points target for the Canaries over the run-in with Norwich set to face rivals Swansea, Newcastle and Sunderland between now and the end of the season.

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'No, no points target,' he said. 'This is a game we want to win. I don't think it is a situation where if we don't win it is doom and gloom, but it certainly gives us a better opportunity moving forward.'