Premier League: Birmingham vs. Aston Villa

In Barclays Premiership League, Football on September 11, 2009 at 10:47

By Joe,

Who will claim the first local midland derby? Carew loves the occasion.

Who will claim the first local midland derby? Carew loves the occasion.

The first midland derby for some time now and this one will be a vital one as both teams is searching for three precious points. The pride of Birmingham is at stake and this high prolific game will have a 13:00 kickoff time on Sunday this weekend. Both teams will certainly be at their best as none of the players will want to lose match of all games.

The eagerly awaited Birmingham derby must put a lot of Blues through sleepless nights. The Blue of Birmingham will certainly look forward in claiming the bragging rights if they do one better than their neighbor. Teemu Tainio, signed from Sunderland on loan just before the transfer window closed, is doubtful as he received a knock over international duty. On the positive front, Coach Alex McLeish could well have James McFadden in his starting lineup against Villa after he missed the crucial game against Holland in the midweek.

Aston Villa will give newly recruit defender, Richard Dunne his debut in the first midland derby of the season. Dunne will be partnering up with James Collins as Luke Young and Curtis Davis are out with injuries. Under Coach Martin O’Neil, Villa has a good record against Birmingham, winning 2 out of 2 games. The Villains could field a formidable attacking force consisting of John Carew, Gabriel Agbonlahor, Ashley Young, Emile Heskey and James Milner.

Villa have certainly the upper hand on Birmingham in the Derby, they are undefeated in four consecutive matches with two under O’Neill. As this is a derby, it will mostly be a tight affair with emotion flying around. So a draw could suit both teams at the end of the day and Betsson is offering 2.20.

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