Steve Bruce has led Aston Villa to a mini-revival in his three games in charge thus far.
Securing two consecutive wins against Fulham and Reading, he’s given the relegated Premier League outfit hope of returning to the top-flight at the first-time of asking.
This weekend’s challenge is a different kettle of fish, though.
As the form book goes out the window for a huge derby and promotion chasing Birmingham City will provide a stern test to Bruce’s side, which they will need to be well equipped to emerge triumphant from.
If victorious, this result could be the starting point for Villa’s rise up the Championship table and it would provide additional belief to the squad and the fans.
Therefore, it’s a crucial fixture as a negative result could undo all of what Bruce has achieved so far at Villa Park, only spiced up further when you consider his past as Blues boss.
Ahead of the huge derby this weekend, we’ve identified THREE things Bruce must do.