Our prediction for this Championship match:
There will be fireworks when Birmingham City and Aston Villa square off against each other at St. Andrew’s Stadium in the Second City derby. The Blues aim to bounce back from a 2-0 loss to Milwall at the Den and the fact that they defeated the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Cardiff City in previous two home games in the Championship is giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of the Birmingham derby. The Villans, on the other hand, made a slow start to the season, but they have found their best form of late and, no doubt, they are high on confidence ahead of Sunday’s football match against their local rivals. Aston Villa proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Fulham at their Villa Park and we predict that John Terry and Co. are going to cement their spot in top six with a win over Steve Cotterill’s men.
Highlighted Player (Stephen Gleeson):
Stephen Gleeson is an Irish footballer who plays for Birmingham City as a midfielder. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Gleeson was born in Dublin on 3 August, 1988 and he has 16 caps for Republic of Ireland U21 team. He made his senior debut for the Boys in Green in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on 23 May, 2006. Stephen Gleeson started his youth career at Cherry Orchard and as a boy he admired Republic of Ireland ace Roy Keane. At the age of 18 he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he made no more than three league appearances for the Wolves between 2006 and 2009. He enjoyed loan stints with Stockport County, Hereford United and Milton Keynes Dons during that period and on 1 July, 2009 he signed a three-year deal with the Dons. After playing 174 matches for the club, he joined Birmingham City for the 2014/2015 Championship campaign. It has to be noted that he scored five goals in 44 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.