Villa Park is the venue on Sunday afternoon when Aston Villa take on Birmingham City in the Championship.
Matchday 18 sees the resumption of second-tier football after a two-week break to accommodate the final round of international fixtures for 2018.
With this the first scheduled set of matches after the fortnight away from domestic football, both sides will be doing all they can to start the run-in to Christmas with a vital all three points.
Dean Smith’s men head into the clash one place and one goal better off than their bitter rivals this weekend as they look to make it a fourth win on the spin at home.
Ahead to the fixture between the two sides, Sky Sports has enlisted the help of David Prutton to give his expert opinion on the outcome of this match.
The EFL presenter and pundit believes the match will be somewhat of a classic, with his prediction being a 2-2 draw in the first Second City derby of the campaign
It will no doubt be a fierce encounter between the two local rivals, with form going out the window in these types of grudge matches.
And, with that said, here are two reasons why Prutton’s Aston Villa v Birmingham prediction is sure to be correct.