The Birmingham Derby: Four days to go
Who have we got this weekend? Oh…of course. Vile.
We approach Sunday`s derby showdown at Witton Village safe in the knowledge that Villa cannot send Blues back into the bottom three. I say this because I`ve heard and read plenty from the reprobates in B6 claiming 'we`re going to send you down`. It`s a physical impossibility.
Mind you, maths has never been their strong point. Nor has spelling, grammar, speaking English or having the normal amount of fingers on each hand.
In all seriousness though, they are flying at the moment so is it unambitious of me to say I`d happily take a point? Or is it just me being a realist? With home games against Millwall and Barnsley on the horizon - and a trip to Brentford - Blues will have opportunities to move away from danger in the coming weeks.
Potato Head has led Villa to six wins on the bounce putting them hot on the heels of Mr. Rowett`s Derby. By the law of averages, they are due a defeat but whether that will be this Sunday remains to be seen.
Flabby Gabby is back in training to face the club solely responsible for his existence. No doubt, he will play some part - it will probably be his last hoorah for Villa seeing as he is out of contract this summer. The Sunday League beckons.
Speaking to many Villa fans (I refuse to label them as 'mates`) it appears that, despite winning games, they haven`t been electrifying. A last gasp 1-0 win at Sheffield United was followed by a narrow 3-2 success at home to Burton Albion.
If Blues turn up with the intensity they showed at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday and harass, chase and fight for every ball, they will have half a chance. But I go back to my earlier comment - a point would do very nicely indeed.
However, their natives will be baying for blood - firstly to get one over on their neighbours and secondly to keep up the pressure on the automatic promotion places. It`s Blues` task to try and throw a spanner in the works.
Just a reminder, Blues haven`t won at Villa Park since 2004…