There is a top fixture going off on Sunday lunchtime which may well take centre stage, even over the Premier League action. There is a Midlands derby, which are always hotly contested affairs and Birmingham v Aston Villa on Sunday is probably not going to stray far from the usual vein of things between the two bitter rivals. This is a Championship clash and Birmingham are the ones who are pushing for promotion, starting the weekend up in seventh place in the division.
The Blues are six points clear of the Villains in the league standings, which isn’t huge but if they stretch that out to nine with a home win at St Andrew’s on Sunday, that’s a big way to keep the Villains down. Birmingham have been a very good home side this term in the Championship this season and have gone W4 D1 in their last five. So they have great form going and they have scored at least two goals in four of their last five on home soil as well. That’s scoring power that Aston Villa can’t match up to.
So will Birmingham claim a rare win over their rivals? The Blues have won just one of their last ten against the Villains in all competitions so don’t have the head to head form at all, but they are unbeaten in their last two at home against them. Five of the last six between the two have gone under 2.5 goals so this will probably be a very tight, scrappy affair between the two and even though Aston Villa have struggled in the Championship for wins, they have been relatively tight at the back.
While they haven’t won much, Villa have posted a W3 D8 L3 record for the season, so there has been an edge of resilience from them. New boss Steve Bruce has come in and woken them up though and they have won their last two games with clean sheets. That’s a huge upward swing in form after they had won only one of their opening twelve games of the season after suffering relegation from the top flight. They aren’t a high scoring side, so will they struggle to get the points to pull within three points of the Blues?
This is a big live televised game and William Hill will be running their brilliant Super Sub betting offer on the game. If you have a bet on a player to score, but if the player you have backed gets substituted at any point without having netted a goal, then your bet will just roll over onto the player who comes on to replace him. So your bet stays active regardless and if your “Super Sub” scores you will be paid out as a winner at the original odds of your selection! This applies to selected live televised matches this season!