Football fans will be treated to fireworks on Sunday 10th March 2019 at St. Andrew’s Stadium when Birmingham City hosts Aston Villa. The match which will start at 12.00GMT brings together two teams which are eyeing a place in the playoffs for a chance to play in the Premier League next season. Both teams are well prepared for the action.
Birmingham City has had its ups and downs but has managed to sit at number 8 of the Championship table rankings. Their last week’s 2-0 loss Hull City was very unfortunate but they look forward to entertaining their home fans come Sunday. Winning over their local bitter rivals will increase their chances for playoffs. On the flipside, it has to be noted that the Blues has managed just one win out of five home fixtures.
Aston Villa, who is seated at number 11 of the table rankings, thrashed Derby County to a 4-0 win over the weekend. The Villans are however not regarded as good performers while away. Aston Villa enjoys a 4-2 win from their first leg fixture of the season, therefore, appoint for them is enough.
With Birmingham City having won just a single fixture from five of their most recent home fixture, they are regarded as poor home performers. On the other hand, Aston Villa has not been performing well while on transit. Therefore, with the two conflicting forms, we are tempted to place our bets for the match to end in a tie.
Birmingham City vs. Aston Villa Head to Head
With 21 matches between the two local bitter rivals, Aston Villa enjoys superiority over Birmingham City. Out of the 21, Birmingham City has won 5 direct matches against Aston Villa’s 10. Six matches have ended in equal strength. Here is a look into how each of the teams scored form their 8 most recent meetings:
- Aston Villa 4-2 Birmingham
- Aston Villa 2-0 Birmingham
- Birmingham 0-0 Aston Villa
- Aston Villa1-0 Birmingham
- Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa
- Birmingham 2-1 Aston Villa
- Birmingham 1-1 Aston Villa
- Aston Villa 1-0 Birmingham
Aston Villa Villa’s performance has been greatly affected by the many injuries they have. However, they will be relieved to utilize the services of Henri Lansbury and James Chester who have been seen training recently after nursing a hamstring strain and knee injury respectively.
Birmingham City will be more than happy to utilize the services of Marc Roberts after nursing a calf injury. However, Omar Bogle, Maxime Colin, and Charlie Lakin will be missed due to various injuries.
Prediction and Odds
Having lost in their first leg fixture of the season, Birmingham City is under pressure to win this fixture. Also adding to their pressure is the fact that they have just won only one fixture in their five most recent home fixtures. Their fans expect them to give them something to smile about. Regarded as poor travelers, Aston Villa needs a win for a spot in playoffs. With this in mind, they need to work hard for a win or draw while away. With all factors into consideration, our best bet for the match is as follows:
- Both teams to score
- Under 2.5 goals on fulltime
- The match to end in a draw