Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Preview – 23/04/17
Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Preview
In our Aston Villa v Birmingham City betting preview we look at the best possible betting tips between the two sides.
On Sunday afternoon this weekend in the Championship we see Harry Redknapp take his Birmingham City side on the short trip over to Villa Park to face Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa. This is what’s known as the Second City derby and will be the fixture which both teams immediately looked for when they were released in the summer. They met in the reverse fixture back in October when the Villains travelled over to St Andrews Stadium. The scorer of the opener looked like it was written in the stars as boyhood Aston Villa fan Gary Gardner put his team ahead after half an hour. He powered in a superb header into the top corner and ran the length of the field to celebrate in front of the away fans. However it was the hosts who had the better of the chances, with Clayton Donaldson crashing his header against the bar from point blank range. Their deserved equaliser did eventually come on 71 minutes. Substitute David Davis drilled in a low strike from the edge of the area to earn his side a share of the spoils.
Promotion next season?
The home side Aston Villa head into the visit of Birmingham City hoping that they are going to be the side who come away with the bragging rights here on Sunday. For years, they’ve been the top dog of the Second City derby due to being in a higher division than their rivals for the previous five seasons. After some heavy spending, Villa were expected to at least be challenging for promotion this campaign. But that hasn’t been the case at all. They’ve picked up since Bruce has come into the club, but their focus will all be on a promotion bid next time round. The current situation sees them sat in 12th place, but winless in their last three. Form goes out of the window on these occasions though, it’s all about which side wants it more.
On Monday afternoon they travelled to Craven Cottage to face Slavisa Jokanovic’s in-form Fulham. The Cottagers took the lead after just seventeen minutes when young full-back Ryan Sessegnon bundled the ball in after his first effort came back off the bar. Villa’s hopes for a fightback were heavily dinted just five minutes later when Jonathan Kodjia was shown a straight red for a kick on Ryan Fredericks. An equaliser did actually come early in the second half curled in a superb strike into the far corner. That lasted six minutes though as Sone Aluko restored the lead with a deflected strike and then the win was confirmed curtesy of Neeskens Kebano’s low strike.
Can ‘Arry keep them up?
The away side Birmingham City go into the trip to Aston Villa hoping that their managerial chance will be one that can keep them in the division. They began the season under Gary Rowett who for reasons still unknown was sacked while they were outside the play-offs due to goal difference. He was immediately replaced by Gianfranco Zola who managed just two wins in twenty-four matches and the Blues plummet into a relegation fight. He resigned this week and Redknapp was the surprise replacement. He’s been thrown in at the deep end here and will be hoping he can spark a reaction in the players. The current situation sees them sat in 20th place, just three points above the drop zone. So you’d imagine four points from the remaining three fixtures would be enough to see them safe. However whether a team who are winless in nine can do that, is another question.
On Monday afternoon they welcomed Nigel Clough’s Burton Albion to St Andrews Stadium in a must win game. Lukas Jutkiewicz missed a great chance in the opening moments to put the Blues ahead but he blazed wide of the target. They paid the price for that when Lloyd Dyer put the visitors ahead just after the half hour mark. Tomasz Kuszczak spilled a Lucas Akins shot into the path of Dyer who slotted into an empty net. The win was wrapped up shortly into the second half when Akins got himself on the scoresheet. He hooked the loose ball home after the Blues didn’t clear from a corner. This forced Zola to resign and he was immediately replaced with Harry Redknapp.
Aston Villa to win & btts (Best Priced on 188bet at 17/5) – BET HERE
Second half highest scoring half (Best Priced on betway at 23/20) – BET HERE
Scott Hogan to score anytime (Best Priced on betfair at 17/10) – BET HERE
Watch highlights from Burton’s 2-0 win over Birmingham here: