Three reasons Aston Villa will beat Birmingham on Sunday
Aston Villa make the trip to St Andrew’s to face arch-rivals Birmingham City on Sunday in the first league meeting between the two clubs since 2011.
In fact, it is their first clash in England’s second tier since the 1987/88 campaign following Villa’s relegation from the top-flight last term, and takes on an extra added spice with new boss Steve Bruce returning to the team that he played for for two years, and managed for six between 2001 and 2007.
He won two promotions to the Premier League during that period but is sure to receive a hostile welcome back this weekend, to a side that are only outside of the play-offs on goal difference.
Villa were one of the pre-season favourites to make an instant return to the Premier League, but they struggled to get going under Roberto Di Matteo and the Italian was sacked earlier this month, before being replaced by Bruce.
So here are three reasons why Villa will take the bragging rights against their enemy…