By Harvey Byrne

Ian Holloway has predicted a draw in Aston Villa’s clash against fierce rivals Birmingham.

The outspoken Sky Sports pundit has predicted a 2-2 draw between the two Midlands rivals, who are set to face each other on Sunday afternoon at St Andrews.

It will be the first time that the two side’s have met in a league campaign since 2011 when they were both in the Premier League and Holloway believes that the two sides won’t be separated.

Holloway has predicted a an exciting game with goals and stated that he wished he was going to the match that will see Steve Bruce return to his old stomping ground.

“I wish I was going to this one with Steve Bruce going back to his old stomping ground,” wrote Holloway in his column for Sky Sports. “I think it will be too tight to call but it will be a really exciting game with goals.

“Bruce’s start has been brilliant. It is exactly what they needed. I don’t know why the players didn’t respond to Roberto Di Matteo but it just proves that Bruce and Neil Warnock know what they’re doing. Some of us managers are pretty good!”

Bruce, 55, managed Birmingham for six years between 2001 and 2007 and became a fan favourite at the club winning promotion to England’s top flight twice.

The clash is set to be a special occasion for him as he leads his former club’s rivals against a fan base which hailed him.

He is unlikely to receive a warm reception at St Andrews and it could turn quite sour if Villa do leave with all three points.

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