By Tony Hughes

Aston Villa take on Birmingham at midday on Sunday in an eagerly-anticipated derby game, and excited fans have taken to Twitter as the countdown to the match continues.

It’s the first time the two sides have met in England’s second tier in 29 years, when Villa won 2-1 away.

The two rivals did meet in the League Cup last year and Villa also beat their rivals then, with a goal from Rudy Gestede the difference between the two sides.

Aston Villa fans have taken to Twitter to roar on their team in a game that could see them move up to 13th in the Championship, three points behind Birmingham who are currently in eighth.

Former Birmingham manager Steve Bruce hasn’t lost a game since taking over at Villa, and he takes his side into the derby following back-to-back wins.

Here is a selection of tweets from Aston Villa fans:

In other Aston Villa news, former manager Paul Lambert has delivered this verdict on Steve Bruce ahead of the derby match.