Aston Villa v Birmingham City tips – Villans set to edge out Redknapp’s Blues

Aston Villa v Birmingham City tips

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We do enjoy a clash between Aston Villa and Birmingham, although this one has extra spice considering that City are loitering just above the relegation zone in the Championship.

Harry Redknapp has now entered stage left, with Gianfranco Zola falling on his sword after Monday’s home reverse against Burton Albion which leaves the Blues balancing precariously above the drop zone.

Aston Villa supporters will be loving the crisis at St Andrews and Sunday’s clash represents a chance to push their arch rivals closer to the cliff-edge, with Birmingham only three points ahead of Blackburn in 22nd place.

It’s hardly been a vintage season for the Villans considering their aim was to achieve automatic promotion at the start of the campaign, with the play-offs also out of reach even if Steve Bruce has changed fortunes in recent weeks.

Villa have won seven of their previous eleven matches, even if the last three have been without a victory although Reading and Fulham are both teams chasing down promotion so no disgrace in losing to either.

Bruce will want his side revved up against a former club of his, with fans demanding a victory in this lunchtime clash and we have to say that even money looks a decent shout.

Villa have only lost three games at home this season despite their woes, with Scott Hogan set to play centre stage after Jonathan Kodjia was sent off in the last game.

As for Birmingham, it was absolutely horrendous under Zola and there have been just two wins since a win over Ipswich back in December.

Redknapp will hope to galvanise this Birmingham squad and the emphasis will be on stout defending when they make the short journey to Villa Park, although this looks like too tough an assignment for a group of players whose confidence is low.

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