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:
Finally it's derby day, come on Villa! #avfc
— Chlo (@Chlo_AVFC) October 30, 2016
Nervous as hell now. Come on the Villa boys ❤️?
— Mike Con (@mikecon96) October 30, 2016
Not many things in life I'd say I "hate" but Birmingham City is definitely one of them. Come on the Villa boys, do the business! UTV #AVFC
— Reece (@Reece_AV) October 30, 2016
Villa win it's a sesh, Villa loose it's a sesh to drown my sorrows
— Charl (@charlottjevans) October 30, 2016
— Joe (@JoeNicholls01) October 30, 2016
Derby day come on you villa boys let's smash em!! #avfc
— Andy Miller (@millerav_13) October 30, 2016
Didn't want the extra hour this morning, just want the game to come. #UTV
— MrAstonVilla (@villa1st) October 30, 2016
Up the villa❤️
— Adam fox (@Spudhead171097) October 30, 2016
— gill (@RichardGill_) October 30, 2016
— Andy Jackson (@Jacko442) October 30, 2016
2️⃣ At home in Cumbria
3️⃣ 1-3 to Villa
— Julie Bayley (@JulieBayleyIFA) October 30, 2016
— Louisa Cotterill (@LouisaCotterill) October 30, 2016
Just another game for me. We have better players but doesn't make us a better team. Blues will have their moments. Draw I think #utv
— Just Villa (@JustVilla_) October 30, 2016
In other Aston Villa news, former manager Paul Lambert has delivered this verdict on Steve Bruce ahead of the derby match.