Birmingham City vs Aston Villa
England League Championship
Date: Sunday, 30th October 2016,
Kick-Off at 12:00 UK
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium (Birmingham).
The Second City derby returns to The English League Championship when Birmingham City host Aston Villa at the St Andrew’s stadium Sunday afternoon; 30th October 2016.
Birmingham City F.C under the management of Gary Rowett have done considerably well at the start of the new season. They are currently 7th in the league with 23 points from their 14 matches so far aided by 6 wins and 5 draws during the period. However, the do start to slip a bit in recent outings as they suffered 2 defeats in their last 3. Both wins have come away from home and will be coming to this game on the back of a 5 match unbeaten run at home.
Aston Villa look like a rejuvenated side since Steve Bruce took over the reins. The teams that took a meagre 10 points from their first 11 matches have picked up 7 points from possible 9 under the new manager Steve Bruce. Their problems under David Mateo was their inability to win matches and went on a long spell of drawing matches without win. Now they are all set to challenge for a play-off spot once again. However, there is a 7 point gap between them and 6th placed Bristol City at the moment.
Birmingham City vs Aston Villa: Head-to-Head Stats
This will be the first league meetings between the two sides since their Premier League clash in 2010/11. The settled for draws in both fixtures then, 1-1 at Birmingham and 0-0 at Villa Park.
The teams’ last meeting was in last season’s Capital One Cup which happened after a 5 year gap with their previous meeting. Aston Villa 1-0 at home on that occasion.
This will be the 122nd Second City Derby when Birmingham and Aston Villa meet on Sunday afternoon. Villa lead the overall stats with 52 wins as against Birmingham’s 38 wins, while 31 matches end in draws.
Birmingham City are unbeaten in their last 2 home matches against Villa with a win and a draw, but lost in three consecutive before it.
Birmingham City vs Aston Villa: Prediction
Since this is a derby match with both teams in good form, each manager is expected to adopt a cautious approach. So goals are expected to be at premium.
Birmingham’s good home record this season requires clear attention here and this is why we believe will not be beaten in this fixture. Anyway, Aston Villa are the draw specialist this season and will be happy to settle for a 1-1 draw.
Birmingham City vs Aston Villa: Betting Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.75 (3/4)
Correct Full-Time Score: 1-1 Draw at 7.00 (6/1).