Aston Villa vs Birmingham: Blues can battle for derby draw
Odds: Aston Villa 31/50, Draw 14/5, Birmingham 17/4
Kick Off: 1200, 11/02/2018
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: Sky Sports
Aston Villa are chasing a seventh straight Championship victory in Sunday’s Midlands derby with Birmingham, but City also go into this game in good form.
The Blues have only been behind at the end of normal time once in nine matches, winning four of six league fixtures during that much-improved run of results.
Only one goal separated these teams here last season and the last couple of encounters at St Andrew’s have finished all square.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Aston Villa moved to within a point of an automatic promotion place thanks to their hot streak, but they have not been convincing in the last couple of victories.
It took a last-minute Robert Snodgrass strike to prevail at Sheffield United and Villa then had to survive a nervous performance to narrowly defeat basement dwellers Burton 3-2 on home turf.
“We got the job done but it proved the danger of the opposition irrespective of their league position,” commented assistant manager Colin Calderwood.
Villa have Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban available to come in after signing him on loan until the end of the season and can call on a host of proven performers.
However, the feeling is that they are due a game where the rub of the green goes against them, so we like 13/2 for a 1-1 stalemate from the Aston Villa vs Birmingham odds.
A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds
Birmingham were dreaming of a home tie against Manchester United when Che Adams put them ahead on 52 minutes against Huddersfield in Tuesday’s FA Cup replay.
However, a Marc Roberts own goal on the hour mark brought the Premier League visitors back level and Town went on to win 4-1 in extra-time.
Even so, that was another solid effort from City, who had previously registered 3-1 league wins over both Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday.
The Blues have been rocked by an injury to defender Jonathan Grounds, but Steve Cotterill insisted: “I am confident in our team because we have been playing well.”
On visiting Villa, he added: “It doesn’t matter who is favourites, it’s irrelevant. We will be looking forward to that and going and doing our best there.”
Punters can get 5/4 for City to avoid defeat and that completes our Aston Villa vs Birmingham betting tips.
ASTON VILLA 3-2 Burton – Scott Hogan, Albert Adomah, Jack Grealish
BIRMINGHAM 1-4 Huddersfield (AET) – Che Adams
Head-to-head: Birmingham 0-0 Villa, Villa 1-0 Birmingham, Birmingham 1-1 Villa, Villa 1-0 Birmingham
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