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 local derby. The Blues have been having their ups and downs of late, but, one thing is for sure, the hosts are going to leave their hearts on the field in Sunday’s showdown. Birmingham City have recorded four wins at home this season and that is the main reason why we predict Gary Rowett’s men will pick up at least one point from the match. Aston Villa have been in a fine form in recent weeks and they aim to build on back-to-back wins over the likes of Aston Villa and Fulham. Nonetheless, seeing that the Blues are tough to beat at home, there is every chance the two local rivals will share the spoils in Sunday’s derby. You should have in mind that under 2.5 goals were scored in five of last six meetings between the two teams in all competitions.
Highlighted Player (Diego Fabbrini):
Diego Fabbrini made his Empoli debut in August, 2009. After spending two years at Stadio Carlo Castellani, the midfielder returned to Udinese for the 2011/2012 Serie A campaign and amassed a total of 21 league appearances for the Zebrette. On 19 July 2013, Fabbrini signed a permanent deal with Watford, but he was quickly sent on loan to Siena.
After ending his loan spells with Millwall, Birmingham City and Middlesbrough, he joined Birmingham City on 27 January, 2016 for a fee of £1.5 million. The Italian midfielder made his Birmingham City debut three days later as he came on as a substitute in a goalless draw with Bristol City. Fabbrini made 14 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net for the St Andrew’s outfit.
Speaking of his international career, Diego made his debut for Italy U21 on 3 September 2010 in a match against Bosnia. He earned his first cap for the Italy national team on 15 August 2012, in a 2-1 defeat to England.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa is 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.