Aston Villa v Birmingham and three of the biggest English derbies


Games filled with fire and fury

It’s derby weekend in the Premier League and Championship as Tottenham clash with Arsenal and Birmingham City go to Aston Villa.

Derbies are always explosive affairs with neither side ready to give an inch. And that got the Coral News Team thinking, what are the fiercest city derbies in England?

In no particular order…

West Ham United v Millwall

Only a couple of miles separate these two London clubs, but over a century of hatred connect them.

The rivalry began in the early part of the 20th century with the match known as the Dockers Derby. Both sets of fans compromised most of dockers from either side of the Thames.

The two outfits have only met 11 times since 1990, with three wins apiece and four draws. It’s a seriously intense occasion each time they meet, with a heavy police presence.

Aston Villa v Birmingham

Known as the Second City derby, Villa-Blues is always a biggie on the football calendar.

Very few derbies across Europe match the hatred these two sets of fans hold for each other. And most of the games have to be played earlier in the day to curb crowd trouble.

There’s very little in it in terms of on the pitch, either. Villa have 52 wins to Birmingham’s 38, with 30 draws.

There have been some iconic moments over the years, none more so than Peter Enckelman’s howler at St. Andrew’s and Dion Dublin’s infamous headbutt on Robbie Savage.

Sheffield United v Sheffield Wednesday

The Steel City derby has always had more spice and spite than most other derbies.

The first game between the pair took place in 1891, and there have been 128 other hotly contested games since then.

This season saw a cracking derby at Hillsborough with United battering their Wednesday counterparts 4-2.

In a nice bit of trivia, Danny Wilson is the only manager to be in charge of both sides.

Liverpool v Everton

Of all the regular top-flight derbies, Liverpool v Everton is probably the most charged. It’s only Stanley Park that separates the red and blue halves of the city.

While crowd trouble is rare, sparks on the pitch generally fly. There have been a record 21 red cards shown across their Premier League meetings.

14 of those have been for Everton but then if Duncan Ferguson was a big part of your side, why wouldn’t they be!

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