Chris Hughton maintains that Aston Villa are a side capable of beating any team on their day.
Sunday's opponents Villa sit in 17th position in the Premiership after recording only two wins so far in the campaign. The midlanders have, however, drawn five games so far and, on a performance level, Chris feels the position could be misleading.
"Villa are perhaps similar to seven or eight teams who are in a group in the Premiership - in which I would include ourselves," considered Chris, who added that the successful introduction this season of left midfielder Peter Whittingham is a real bonus for David O'Leary.
"On their day they are capable of beating anybody and they have put on some very good performances this season.
"They have got good players, they generally play a 4-4-2 shape and Whittingham on the left is a find for them."
Chris, of course, is a former Republic of Ireland teammate of O'Leary and he recalls that the Villa boss had the stature then that would go on to serve him well in management.
"He was always somebody who thought about the game and was and is a man with presence. He enjoyed talking about the game but, in the early years, it was difficult to determine whether he was destined to go into management. You could possibly see signs though in the latter part of his career.
"He is a very good manager."