The Second City Derby returns to the Championship fixture list with both Aston Villa and Birmingham City on an equal points tally.
While the Blues are mirroring a bang-average Championship side (and let’s be honest, that’s a massive improvement for that lot) Villa are looking to push on under the leadership of Head Coach Dean Smith.
That can only happen with a win against their closest rivals. This is perhaps the most important Second City Derby for Aston Villa in a long, long time (it’s been important for Blues, who were almost relegated twice off the back of losing the derby).
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We’re here. Kick-off commences soon, and you can find out how to watch Villa vs Blues
TV & Streaming
Location: Villa Park, Birmingham
Kick-off time: 12.00 pm UK, 7.00 am Eastern, 4.00 am Pacific
Weather: 6c in Aston.
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Available TV: Sky Sports Football
Available video streaming: ESPN + for US viewers. Sky Go and NOW TV for UK viewers. BeIn Sports in Australia.
Other listings are available from livesoccertv.com.
Available radio: BBC WM 95.6 FM (not online), AVTV (If audio doesn’t work, try using Safari).
Injuries & Suspensions
Aston Villa won’t see Keinan Davis. Birkir Bjarnason is out and John McGinn may miss out.
Aston Villa squad
Team news: One change for the Second City Derby. Glenn Whelan replaces the injured John McGinn.— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) November 25, 2018
Henri Lansbury, Anwar El Ghazi and Callum O'Hare come into the squad.#PartOfThePride #AVFC pic.twitter.com/UObti9TXcc