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Aston Villa captain: ‘Be afraid Birmingham, be very afraid!’

After all, the might Villans have thrashed the ‘Big Two’ that are Bolton Wanderers and Derby County in recent weeks. They powered past the Trotters 4-0, before knocking half a dozen goals past the Premier League’s whipping boys last Saturday. Now Gareth Barry is warning their Midlands rivals that a tricky afternoon beckons on Sunday.

The Birmingham Mail reports that Villa’s captain is feeling super-confident ahead of the match, especially as he has scored three in two himself. He doesn’t appear to be too keen on explaining why such a vibrant attacking team are only mid-table as we head towards the end of the season.

“The impetus is with us and they will be fearing what we have got. We’ve got great attacking players and I’m sure they’ll be worried about that,” said Barry, who is buoyed by wins over Bolton and Derby.

“We are at home, it is up to us to try and break them down and get the goals. On the back of two great wins we go into the game confident.”

Villa fans will be hoping that they can win for two reasons. One, it’s always a joy to beat your arch-rivals and two, it will push Birmingham closer to the drop. Whatever you say about the Blues, however, they have a much stronger backbone than Bolton and Derby at the moment.

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