Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Tips & Odds – 11/02/18

Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Tips & Odds – 11/02/18

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Aston Villa v Birmingham City Betting Tips & Odds

In our Aston Villa v Birmingham City betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.

Overview

It’s the second Second City Derby of the season on Sunday, where Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa play host to Steve Cotterill’s Birmingham City, as they welcome their local derby rivals to Villa Park. Aston Villa are finally looking like the side many expect them to be, winning a large portion of their games to make a worthy shout for promotion back to the Premier League. They were far from that reality in the first attempt but it looks as if they’ve finally been kicked into gear. Birmingham City are suffering from a very different fate, clinging on to any positives they can find as they hurtle down the table, with hopes that comparatively stronger form in recent weeks could be enough to see a turnaround. These sides last met in October, where it was a dull end to a hotly-anticipated derby meeting.

Steve Bruce Aston Villa

Aston Villa boss Steve Bruce could only take a point against former club Birmingham City back in October

Bruce’s Villa have now won six league games in a row

After far too much disappointment by a frustrating drop in standards from the West Midlands club, Aston Villa are now looking more like the side they’re supposed to be, pushing for promotion back to their rightful place in the Premier League. They found themselves relegated back in 2016, finishing bottom of the top tier with it being deserved after such an appalling effort in a league they were once so comfortable in. It was met with an underwhelming thirteenth place finish as they tried to find their feet in the Championship but they now look like one of the strongest sides in the entire division, sat up at third through their record of sixteen wins and eight draws from thirty games played.

Now only a point away from second, Aston Villa are clearly picturing themselves back in the Premier League, but will have to joust with Derby County, Cardiff City, Fulham and Bristol City for that all-important second automatic promotion spot, or would have to push their move up through a dicey attempt at the play-odds. Wolves aren’t in an unreachable distance but stand ahead of second by eleven points, with almost as solid a lead as Manchester City have in the league above. Steve Bruce’s men are enjoying a six game winning streak and would take even more confidence in defeating this old foe to make it seven. Robert Snodgrass has been crucial in contributing four goals and three assists in his last six games.

Scott Hogan Aston Villa

Scott Hogan has five goals this season, scoring all of them in his last six games

Birmingham look poor but go unbeaten in their last three league games

There’s been even more upset at St Andrew’s this season, continuing in the vein of an extremely lacklustre attempt in the previous term. Any and all followers of the Championship recall the bizarre decision to relieve Gary Rowett of his duties last season, which made no sense as he was overachieving as Blues boss. The new owners clearly wanted a more recognisable name, prompting the arrival of Gianfranco Zola, who was quite frankly hopeless for the remainder of the season, then only saved by the efforts of Harry Redknapp, who came in to save the day late on. Things were looking positive when Redknapp kicked off his first full season as Birmingham boss but there was another shock when he was sacked in September.

It was expected a reliable football league manager would be put in place as Redknapp’s successor but there was no sign of that, instead instating Steve Cotterill for an undecided period of time. He remains in charge of Birmingham, winning seven and drawing five of twenty-two games, with very few positives as they currently find themselves stuck at nineteenth with a mere four point gap being all that keeps them from a fall into the dropzone. Their best form has been over recent weeks, where Cotterill’s men have scored five and drawn two of their last nine over all competitions, somewhat making up for failing to win in the seven games before that point. It’ll be no shock to hear that there haven’t been many key players, Sam Gallagher with the most amount of goals, netting six times.

Craig Gardner

Things could be looking up for Birmingham City if they can hold their nerve in this fierce meeting

Odds

If you want to back Aston Villa to take an expected win, they’re best priced at odds of 3/4 on BetVictor. If you could see this tense meeting resulting as a draw, odds of 5/2 are available for that outcome on SkyBet. If you’d rather get behind a shock win for Birmingham City, you can back them at odds of 9/2 on Betway.

Recommended Bets:

Aston Villa to win (Best priced at 3/4 on BetVictor) – BET HERE

Under 2.5 goals (Best priced at 4/7 on BetBright) – BET HERE

Scott Hogan to score anytime (Best priced at 15/8 on PaddyPower) – BET HERE

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