Aston Villa v Birmingham Betting Preview – Championship 23rd April 12.00pm
The Villains can be happy with their returns after bringing in Steve Bruce midway through the season. The Blues will be hoping for a similar response as they have drafted in Harry Redknapp to try and ensure that they stay up in the Championship after Gianfranco Zola resigned this week. Will the Blues get the boost of at least a point in this one as they go into the weekend just three points clear of the relegation zone.
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Aston Villa v Birmingham Betting Tips
The Midlands derby is usually a feisty affair and this should be no exception. Aston Villa are safe up to around the mid-table mark and they have produced a good W7 D1 L3 record in their last eleven league games, so they have been ticking over nicely. They have home form going too, with five wins in their last six at Villa Park now in the Championship (L1) and the lone defeat in that sequence was in their last home game against play-off candidates Reading. Villa have seven clean sheets on the board in their last eleven league games and in five of their last six home games. Aston Villa to win to nil at Bet365 is running at a price of 2/1. There is also an option of 7/10 on under 2.5 goals which looks likely to happen. There was a 1-1 draw between the two rivals back at the end of October and a repeat 1-1 correct score at Bet365 is a quote of 11/2 which is the same price as a Villa 1-0 victory. The last three games between these two at Villa Park has seen just the two goals in total and they helped Villa to two 1-0 wins.
Birmingham aren’t safe from the drop just yet and Harry Redknapp has come in to take over from Gianfranco Zola saying that they need to get four points from their remaining games to stay up. If Blackburn and Notts Forest manage to win their games on Saturday, then the relegation plight of the Blues will be looking much worse ahead of kick off in this Sunday showdown. Birmingham are winless in their last nine games played now (D4 L5) and they have won just one of their last thirteen played in the league. They have produced few wins out on the road this season in a W4 D9 L8 record and they have gone W1 D5 L6 in their last twelve road games. They have at least scored in all but one of their last five games so a both teams to score at Bet365 is a quote of 10/11 in this one. Birmingham have won just one of their last eleven games against Villa in all competitions now (D3 L7). It’s not going to be easy for them to get three points out of this one.
Aston Villa v Birmingham Betting Odds
Aston Villa 19/20, Draw 5/2, Birmingham 11/4
Aston Villa v Birmingham Predictions
Aston Villa Home Win: Harry Redknapp believes Birmingham need four points from their three remaining games to ensure that they stay up. They may not get one in this one as Villa have done alright on home soil lately and can edge this derby.