Paul Robinson believes Villa have hit form at the right time.
David O'Leary's men arrive at the Lane on Sunday on the back of a run of five games without defeat in the Barclays Premiership.
Robbo said: "They've been a bit inconsistent and gone along steadily, picking up results and they've come up quietly.
"They've been in mid-table all season but they've started putting results together and they've crept up.
"We were disappointed to lose at Villa Park earlier in the season, didn't play the best and it wasn't a great goal from our point of view to beat us 1-0. Home form has been good and hopefully we'll maintain that until the end of the season."