Vital Football

Latest Birmingham City News

Derby Day Part One.

Aston Villa
vs.
Birmingham

Villa Park

21 Oct 2010

12:00

This is one of the games most looked forward to if you are a Blues fan, apart from Aston Villa at home of course. It feels like an age since Blues beat the Villa, in fact it is too long but there is a chance of pulling it off due to Villa having a couple of key players out.

Lets just hope that the referee isn`t as bad as the one we got in this game last season.

Vital Quotes:

Richard Dunne
'Derbies are always the same. They are high-intensity games and there always seems to be a lot of pressure in them.

'There is maybe not a lot of great football but plenty of high intensity and a lot of tackles.

'I think it's the team who wants it most tends to come out on top. It's not always the quality that shines through.

'We have to know that that whoever goes out there for us has to match Birmingham's effort and commitment towards the game.''


Craig Gardner
'We're the underdogs at the minute. Villa have been the top team for the last few years.

'Now we're moving up the table and doing well every week. Last season we finished really high and we're looking to improve on that.

'Villa are looking over their shoulders now, and so they should be. There is the potential to become the city's top team. I'd like Villa to be underdogs and Blues to be above them. Time will tell won't it?.

'But it would be amazing if we did finish above them this year because then we could give them six or seven years of stick all in one year.

'They're a top-class team. We're not going there thinking we'll walk over them because they've got players missing.

'We know it's going to be a tough game and we're going to get in their faces and make it hard for them. We'll run our socks off for 90 minutes and hopefully get the points.''

Aston Villa Team News:

Aston Villa left-back Stephen Warnock will return after suspension for the Sunday's Barclays Premier League derby with Birmingham at Villa Park.

The former Liverpool player was banned for the midweek Carling Cup win over Burnley after incurring five bookings.

Striker Gabriel Agbonlahor (groin), captain Stiliyan Petrov (knee) and defender Luke Young (hamstring) are injured and midfielder Marc Albrighton is banned but boss Gerard Houllier hopes striker John Carew will have recovered from the bout of flu which ruled him out against the Clarets.

Player to watch: Stewart Downing

Played nine and score three of his six shots that have been on target so far in the Premier League this season.

Birmingham Team News:

Playmaker Alexander Hleb has been declared fit.

The on-loan Barcelona player suffered a knee injury during last Saturday's 2-0 home success over Blackpool but is named in Alex McLeish's squad.

Midfielder Michel has shaken off a kick on the shin suffered against Brentford in the midweek Carling Cup tie but Cameron Jerome (ankle), Jean Beausejour (knee) and James McFadden (knee) are long-term absentees.

Player to watch: Nikola Zigic

Scored twice in his last two Premier League games, looks like he is beginning to find his form and he is up for this game.

Match Facts & Stats

Birmingham were unbeaten in their first six Premier League matches against Aston Villa (W4, D2), but Aston Villa have won the last six.

Villa have gone 254 minutes without scoring a league goal.

Villa have managed a joint low of just one goal from a set-piece this season.

Birmingham have only scored four times in their last six league matches.

Blues have won more Midlands derbies away from home (7) in the Premier League than they have at St Andrew's (5)

Ref Watch:

Referee: Howard Webb

Assistant referees: Stephen Child & Jake Collin

Fourth official: Mark Halsey

Match Prediction:

Good will overcome evil. 2-1 Blues

Next Fixtures:

6/11 H: West Ham United
9/11 A: Stoke City
13/11 A: Manchester City
20/11 H: Chelsea


Writer:Foxxy
Date:Saturday October 30 2010
Time: 5:09PM

Comments

0
Lets just hope that whatever happens, everyone behaves themselves eh?
godzvilla
30/10/2010 22:27:00
0
Amen to that.
SOTV2010
31/10/2010 11:25:00
Page 1/1
  1. 1

Login to post a comment

Site Journalists

Tom Heslop
Editor email
Profile
Christopher Handy
no email
Profile
Saskia Bowes
no email
Profile
Rob Wildey
no email
Profile
Luke Turner
no email
Profile

Current Poll (see more polls)

How will Blues get on against Newcastle?
Suggested By: Rob Wildey
Win18%
Draw15%
Lose67%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Newcastle 38 24 6 8 78 38
2 Brighton 38 23 8 7 77 30
3 Huddersfield 37 22 5 10 71 4
4 Leeds Utd 38 21 6 11 69 16
5 Reading 38 20 7 11 67 2
6 Sheff Wed 38 18 8 12 62 9
7 Fulham 38 16 13 9 61 19
8 Norwich 38 16 9 13 57 9
9 Preston 38 15 12 11 57 6
10 Derby County 38 14 11 13 53 3
11 Barnsley 38 14 9 15 51 0
12 Aston Villa 38 13 12 13 51 0
13 Cardiff 38 14 9 15 51 -1
14 Brentford 38 14 8 16 50 3
15 Q.P.R. 38 14 8 16 50 -5
16 Wolves 37 12 9 16 45 -2
17 Ipswich 38 10 15 13 45 -9
18 Birmingham 38 11 12 15 45 -16
19 Bristol City 38 11 8 19 41 -3
20 Forest 38 11 8 19 41 -11
21 Burton 38 10 11 17 41 -14
22 Blackburn 38 9 13 16 40 -11
23 Wigan 38 8 10 20 34 -13
24 Rotherham 38 4 5 29 17 -54
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Birmingham City Results (view all)

Birmingham City Fixtures (view all)

Apr 1 2017 3:00PM : Ipswich Town (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 4 2017 7:45PM : Brighton & Hove Albion (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 8 2017 3:00PM : Derby County (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 14 2017 3:00PM : Rotherham United (a)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 17 2017 3:00PM : Burton Albion (H)
Sky Bet Championship
Apr 23 2017 12:00PM : Aston Villa (a)
Sky Bet Championship

Vital Members League Table

RankNamePoints
1.David Village32
2.WayCoolBlue24
3.Brooklyn21
4.Rob Wildey114
5.WhoRya6
6.Chrisblues5
7.Josph BCFC 2
8.Northumbriablue2
9.gazal2
10.Sausage n egg1
Vital Football Comment