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).
here’s a great Midlands derby to come from the Championship on Sunday afternoon. The noon kick off from St Andrews sees the two rivals go head to head against in league action for the first time since the 2010/11 Premier League. So some bragging rights in the Midlands are up for grabs in his one and it is Birmingham who have made the stronger start to the new season out of the two of them and the Blues will be looking for three points at home to try and keep their rivals down. Birmingham are a price of 19/10 for the win, with Villa at 13/8 and the draw at 23/10.
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Birmingham v Aston Villa Betting Tips
This should be a great match up with no love lost between these two Midlands rivals. Birmingham go into the match just outside of the top six in the division and they will be looking to keep up the pressure on those above them. They have been a solid side all season with just the three league defeats and just two in their last ten played in the Championship. At home though is where they have really been making it count as they have posted a brilliant W4 D1 record in their last five at St Andrews in the league. So they are ticking along nicely and they have netted at least two goals in four of their last five at home. A Birmingham 2-0 correct score in this one would return a big 12/1 price. Or they are a price of 7/2 with online bookmaker Bet365 to win to nil in this one.
The Blues have taken clean sheets in three of their seven home games this season. Birmingham don’t have form against Aston Villa as they have won just one of their last ten meetings with their rivals across all competitions. But they have gone W1 D1 in their last two at home against them. You probably aren’t looking at a high scoring game here as just one of their last six meetings have managed to go over 2.5 goals and therefore under the goal line will return you a price of 8/11 with Bet365 in this one. Clayton Donaldson is up at 21/10 in the anytime goalscorer market with Lukas Jutkiewicz at 5/2. As well as pride being on the line in this one, City will be looking to at least maintain their six point lead that they hold over their rivals in the league standings.
Even though Villa have won just three games this season in the Championship, they could pull themselves to within three points of the Blues with a win at St Andrews. Steve Bruce has had an immediate impact at the club and Villa have struck back to back wins after winning just one of their previous twelve across the season. Villa aren’t a high scoring side of course, but they have been decent enough at the back and that has helped them hang to a W3 D8 L3 record, so they haven’t lost many. Out on the road though they have only posted a W1 D3 L3 record and they will be taking on a good home side into one. Villa have only scored more than one goal in just three league games this season. While their form has dramatically swung to a positive, this isn’t an easy game away from home for them.
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).