Date: 16th November 2018 at 12:00pm
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Birmingham City entered the international break on a spectacular run of form, suffering just one defeat in their last 13 matches.

Garry Monk’s side have stormed up the Championship standings as a result and could now throw their hat into the ring in the promotion chase, which is developing into an extremely close fight that involves a number of sides.

The international break has given the Blues two weeks to prepare to a huge clash with arch-rivals Aston Villa, who currently sit ahead of Monk’s side on goal difference with both teams holding 24 points from the opening 17 matches.

The derby will be a stern test for Birmingham as recent history is stacked against them, with the Blues securing just one win from the last 14 meetings – a run which stretches back to 2005.

An injury boost may have been provided though as Villa have been hit with injury concerns with both Neil Taylor and John McGinn withdrawing from their respective international squads, which has caused fans on social media to express their concerns.

We have gathered some of their reactions below.

 

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