Villa got back to winning ways thanks to a hard-fought victory against Fulham at Villa Park last Saturday afternoon.

This win, against a consistently good Championship side, moved Villa up to fifth in the table with twenty two points from their opening thirteen matches, just five points outside an automatic play-off place.

After having lost just once in their last nine matches, they are one of the form teams in the league, but, as the famous saying goes, form goes out the window this weekend as they take on local rivals Birmingham in the Second City Derby on Sunday afternoon.

Birmingham have been struggling this season, and, as a result, they currently sit just one point outside the relegation zone. However, they would consider their season to be going pretty well if they can turn this talented Villa side over.

Here is our predicted Villa XI for Sunday’s big clash with Birmingham:

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