The first Birmingham derby of the season takes place this weekend, with both the Blues and the Villans desperate to gain all three points.
The fixtures is normally a feisty affair, and Sunday is expected to be no different.
The Blues have enjoyed something of an upturn in results in recent weeks, after enduring a sluggish start to the campaign.
Birmingham have won two of their last five since Harry Redknapp left the club in mid-September.
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Villa's only slip up in the past few weeks has come against league leaders Wolves.
Steve Bruce's settled side have been very impressive since mid-September, and have won five of their previous six.
The two sides have met 18 times since the turn of the century, with Villa winning eight, Birmingham five and five draws being shared between the clubs.
However, the Blues have not beaten their rivals in a league fixture since the 2004/05 season. The Claret and Blues have won seven of the past 10 encounters, yet have drawn the last two meetings at St Andrews'.
Martin O'Neill's Villa side put Birmingham to the sword late in the 2008/09 campaign.
On the day, both Ashley Young and John Carew grabbed a brace, whilst Gabby Agbonlahor bagged his customary goal against Birmingham.
Steve Cotterill has the option of recalling club-record signing Jota to the starting line-up.
Meanwhile for Villa, Gabby Agbonlahor looks unlikely to feature in the clash he knows all too well. The striker has been side-lined for several weeks, but appears to have been unable to overcome his calf strain in time.
Henri Lansbury, Jack Grealish and Mile Jedinak are all back in first team training, but will most probably not making the starting XI for such a crucial game.
Steve Bruce's biggest dilemma is whether to recall Kienan Davis to the starting line-up, or select Josh Onomah who produced an outstanding display last week against Fulham.
Potential Birmingham Starting Line-Up: Kuszack, Colin, Morrison, Roberts, Grounds, Davis, Gardner, Ndoye, Adams, Vassell, Moghoma
Potential Aston Villa Starting Line-Up: Johnstone, Elmohamady, Chester, Terry, Hutton, Snodgrass, Whelan, Hourihane, Adomah, Onomah, Kodjia
Isaac Vassell v John Terry
Vassell has been in great form in recent weeks and his pace could harm the Villa back-line and while
Villa are on superb form at the moment, and given their recent success in Second City Derbies it is hard to look past Steve Bruce's side.
Birmingham 0-2 Aston Villa