Aston Villa v Birmingham City MatchGains Match Preview, Soccer Prediction, and Betting Tips

Aston Villa v Birmingham City MatchGains Match Preview, Soccer Prediction, and Betting Tips

Aston Villa were close to securing a return to the Premier League last season under the guidance of Steve Bruce, but Fulham pipped them to the last spot. They have since sacked Bruce after their early season form put them in danger of missing promotion again.

They named Brentford manager Dean Smith as Bruce’s replacement and he has had an up-and-down start to his reign. However, wining his last two league games before the break suggests that he may be an upgrade and winning this derby would make him even more popular at Villa Park.

Birmingham City have ended the past few seasons near the foot of the Championship table but with the appointment of former Swansea City boss, Garry Monk, they look a much better side now and should push for a top half finish this season.

They head into this game in the 12th position, but they have been beaten once in their last 13 games and continue to prove too tough for other teams to beat at the moment.

They have drawn 9 of their 17 games this season and their supporters would be looking for a derby day win here, that would be a tough ask, but a draw should be seen as an impressive result at the end of the day.