Aston Villa v Birmingham

by Timothy Masters

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Aston Villa take on Birmingham on Tuesday 22nd September, 2015, with kickoff at 19:45. This match is currently being shown LIVE on Sky Sports 1.

Even in the Capital One Cup at the very start of that campaign, there is something special and a bit secret about our midlands derbies. The Americans and Germans might love the Old Firm, or Liverpool versions, but if you’re a true connoisseur of the English game you’ll know those are just the headline-grabbers for Sky TV, and that in some ways, this and the south-coast game are far fruitier affairs.

Of course we might not see the full banana from both managers, but this will still be a good contest and with any luck a clean game not full of reasons to be fearful.

Aston Villa v Birmingham is LIVE on Sky Sports 1.