Birmingham v Aston Villa – Preview

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Grealish could be very effective in a 4-5-1 formation.

Birmingham vs Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship
13.00 – Sunday 29th October 2017
St Andrews, Birmingham
Live on Sky Sports

Aston Villa will head across the City to take on Birmingham City in the first Second City derby of the 2017-18 season. 2,100 supporters are will officially travel.

Steve Bruce’s men currently occupy 5th spot in the Championship and will want to remain in the play-off positions at the very least. Villa is in a good run of form having only lost 1 in their 10 league games.

Newly appointed Steve Cotterill finds his Birmingham side just one place above the relegation zone in 21st position. City is generally better in their own backyard so we can’t take this for granted. They have picked up 10 of their 11 points this season at St Andrew’s.

TEAM NEWS

Aston Villa will have Henri Lansbury, Jack Grealish and Mile Jedinak all available for selection after recovering from injuries.

Villa will still be without Gabriel Agbonlahor who has a calf injury and the suspended Neil Taylor.

Birmingham will be without goalkeeper David Stockdale who has an arm injury and Carl Jenkinson who has a shoulder problem.

STATISTICS

  • Birmingham have failed to win in their last 10 league meetings with Villa (D3, L7)
  • The last two meetings at Blues ended in 1-1 draws. There have never been three consecutive draws between the two sides.
  • Bruce has last 5 of his 7 league visits to St Andrews (W1, D1).
  • Villa has scored more goals in the first half this season (11) that Birmingham has in the whole of the season so far (8).

TICKETS

Aston Villa has sold their full allocation of 2,100 tickets. Birmingham reported yesterday that they still had a limited amount of tickets available despite being at a reduced attendance of 25,000.

LIVE MATCH CHAT

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PREDICTIONS

David Prutton: Blues 2-2 Aston Villa
Freddy: Blues 1 Aston Villa 2
Patrick: Blues 0 Aston Villa 1

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