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28th Dec, 2016 | 2:17pm

Ross McCormack: This is what I'm expecting from the Leeds fans

By Matt Farr

Ross McCormack is expecting to be on the receiving end of “banter” from Leeds fans when Aston Villa host his former club in Thursday’s Championship clash.

McCormack spent four years at Elland Road, where he became a firm fan-favourite, netting 53 goals in 140 appearances for the club.

After a two-year spell at Fulham, McCormack now plays for Villa, where has failed to rekindle his goalscoring touch.

The 30-year-old has hit the back of the net just three times since arriving at Villa Park in the summer, ending a 10-game goal drought in the victory over Burton Albion on Monday.

The Scotland international is now relishing the return of his former club, but hopes Villa can maintain their winning run at their expense.

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“It’s always good to come up against your former team – and there’s always a bit of banter from the opposition supporters,” he said, as quoted by the official Villa website.

“They are a good team and are in good form so we need to be at our best. We are confident – we’ve won five home games in a row – so we need to take that belief into this latest fixture.

“I am looking forward to it. Leeds is one of the clubs that is really close to my heart. It will be a good game, I’m sure.”

The Burton victory put Villa up to 10th in the Championship, where they are just six points shy of the play-offs. Steve Bruce’s side have now lost just twice in their last 10 league games, but they will be up against a spirited Leeds outfit that have won five of their last six outings.

Leeds are seven points clear of Villa in fifth place, having won five more games over the course of the season.

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