This Sunday Aston Villa and Birmingham City will lock horns once again and despite a very good run of results of late (except the defeat to Wolves), form goes out of the window when it comes to derby day.
The second city derby is arguably one of the fiercest rivalries English football has to offer and I am hoping that the game on Sunday will have all the traits of a good derby: good tackles, incredible atmosphere, and most of all – an Aston Villa win.
Here, I am going to discuss my expectations of the game that I am already developing nerves for.
Despite their poor form, we must respect this Blues side. Although they lost 2-0 to Millwall last weekend, they beat League contenders Cardiff City at home the week before.
This could be a sign that they are better in their own backyard, and that is where we are playing on Sunday. I did, in fact, watch the Blues game on Saturday and I know this is going to sound biased coming from a Villa fan but they looked genuinely awful. This filled me with some hope that we can actually comfortably win the derby, but then again every team has their off days – something us Villa fans know too well.
With every bad result, Birmingham has had this season, they seem to also have a strong solid performance to match up alongside it.
Another expectation that I have is a very stop-start game, the type that is really frustrating for both sets of fans to watch. There will be tension in the air and with such a fierce rivalry, the referee is going to want to assert his authority right from the off.
There will be a lot of free kicks and definitely some bookings but hopefully, the Villa players can remain well disciplined. With the disgraceful standard of officiating in this league, it wouldn’t surprise me if both sides saw red this Sunday.
Albert Adomah is currently in arguably the form of his life, certainly since he signed for Villa. Josh Onomah also replaced Keinan Davis in the 2-1 win over Fulham and has the ability to cause them real problems.
I am not really one to make predictions but for the sakes of this article, I will do. I am going to for a 3-1 win to Villa. I know I stated earlier that form goes out the window but I feel we are a much better side right now.
We find ourselves sitting 5th in the Championship while Blues occupy 21st so surely only a betting man would put his money on Steve Bruce’s men.
I have friends who are supporters of Birmingham and neither are very confident. One had predicted a similar scoreline as me while the other has gone for a 4-0 win to Villa.
The fans are low on confidence so we must luck to exploit this from the off and hopefully come away from the game this Sunday with the bragging rights but more importantly all three points.
One thing I can guarantee is that both sets of fans will be equally nervous and excited by the time 12 o’clock comes around on Sunday.
What is your prediction for the second city derby on Sunday? Let me know in the comments section down below.