Aston Villa and Birmingham City will meet in the Second City Derby on Sunday when the Championship season resumes following the final international break of the season.
Dean Smith will be looking to make it three consecutive wins as he looks to edge them closer to a playoff spot, although Garry Monk’s Blues are also within a shout as they sit just one position lower than the Villans in the table.
Both Midlanders have a number of attacking options, with a number of quality players to choose from to make the tie a potential goal-fest, with the likes of Jonathan Kodjia and Che Adams on opposite sides.
However, who is likely to make the bigger impact on the game?
The Villa man has had a difficult few seasons recently in the claret and blue of the Midlanders, as he has had to spend a significant period of time on the sidelines.
The Ivory Coast international suffered a serious ankle injury and has been working hard in his efforts to return to the form that he showed in the early stages of his career at Villa Park.
This season, he has managed to bag himself four goals in the 17 appearances in the Championship so far but will want to improve on that tally as the campaign goes on.
However, fans have been critical of his performances in recent times on social media, so he will want to prove his critics wrong in the Second City Derby.
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The 22-year-old has been in sensational form for the Blues this season and his performance against Hull City prior to the international break will have only provided him with more confidence.
Adams hit a superb hat-trick against the Tigers to take his tally to eight goals in his 17 Championship appearances, in a campaign that has not always gone his way.
The striker has struggled at times to make an impact for Monk’s side on a consistent basis, however, he certainly has the ability to cause defences in the second-tier problems.
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The Second City Derbies are always tightly contested affairs, and with both sides looking to get closer to a Championship spot, it should prove to be an exciting game.
Both sides will need to see their key attackers in fine form, however, Adams would be the man to win this battle between the duo.
The Birmingham man has already managed to hit a number of goals and will have been buoyed by his performance last week when he grabbed a hat-trick.
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