By Amir Mir
Aston Villa should make two changes for their showdown against Birmingham City with striker Gabby Agbonlahor returning to the matchday squad.
Steve Bruce’s side travel to St Andrews on Sunday afternoon to take on their bitter rivals, in what is expected to be a feisty encounter.
Villa must include Albert Adomah and Aaron Tshibola in the starting XI, with striker Rudy Gestede and defender Leandro Bacuna making way.
Additionally, Bruce needs to welcome back Agbonlahor to the squad and introduce the boyhood Villa fan from the bench in the last 20 minutes.
The 30-year-old played 60 minutes for Villa-under 23’s in midweek, but with six goals in eight games against the Blues, he will still prove to be a difficult customer for the home side, despite his recent troubles.
In attack the Midlands giants should stick with Jonathan Kodjia, who has netted in his last three games, as the ever dangerous Jordan Ayew and Adomah should provide the threat out wide.
Youngster Tshibola should come into the midfield and play alongside the experienced head of Mile Jedinak and the in-form Gary Gardner.
The claret & blue club have not conceded a goal from open play in their last three games, therefore Bruce must stick with the backline of Jordan Amavi, Nathan Baker, James Chester and Alan Hutton.
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