Birmingham City vs Aston Villa
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Sunday, 29th October 2017
Kick off at 12:00 UK/13:00 CET
Venue: St. Andrews.
The perfect closing game for this round. The Second City Derby will commence on Sunday with Birmingham hosting the game.
Birmingham lost its previous game. The blues played against Millwall in what looked to be an early relegation six pointer. The team was unable to resist their opponents and logically lost. Own goal by Colin in the 47th minute gave the hosts their lead while Tunnicliffe extended it later on for the final score of 2-0.
Aston Villa took important 3 points last weekend. The Villans took the lead through John Terry as the defender found the net in the 26th minute. Fulham equalized after 47 minutes of play just to fall back behind 2 minutes later when Adomah put Villa again up front.
Form and Tactical Analysis
Birmingham are involved in the relegation battle again. The team sits on 21st position currently with just 11 points from 13 games. The team has picked 10 out of their 11 points at home and will be hoping to gain something from the derby. The Blues have 3 victories against 2 losses and 1 draw at St Andrews keeping 3 clean sheets.
Birmingham played their last 2 games in a 4-2-3-1 formation and the team looked decent. Still there is a lot of space for improvement but there are a few good signs in recent weeks.
Villa continued their climb to the promotion places and currently sits 5th. The team didn’t start the season well but eventually found their rhythm and stability. They are excellent at home but look to be vulnerable away from Villa Park. 2 victories against 3 defeats and a draw is not the best away record out here. Aston Villa’s main strength looks to be coming from their defensive line. They kept a clean sheet in over a third of their games.
Aston Villa played in a 4-4-1-1 shape with Onomah going deeper to link the striker to the rest of the midfield. This worked well as their game looked fluid and they were able to get the victory.
Birmingham vs Aston Villa: Head to head
Villa is heavily dominating The Second City Derby in recent years. They have 6 victories in the last 10 games against just a single win for The Blues.
The last time Birmingham won against Aston Villa was back in 2010 in a League Cup game at St Andrews with a 2-1 score.
Seven out of the 8 most recent clashes saw less than 2.5 goals.
Birmingham vs Aston Villa: Prediction
This game usually brings a lot of nerves. Both teams will want to get one over their opponent and heavy clashes are expected all over the pitch. Aston Villa may have the advantage in terms of head to head clashes and form but in this atmosphere anything may happen.
That’s why keeping in mind that both teams strong side is their defensive line we can go for lower goal line. Also there will be a lot of nerves and heavy tackles and cards are definitely to be expected.
Birmingham vs Aston Villa: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals for 1.65.
Between 4 to 6 cards in game for 1.95.
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