An important weekend for West Midlands football…

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Well the international break is over and England can be proud of what they achieved. They qualified for the World Cup. Job done! But that means we can now get back to league football and after the break I can’t wait. This weekend is a really important one for all the West Midlands clubs. Things had started to go well before they broke up and now they must try and continue that momentum. The West Midlands Premier League clubs find themselves in similar situations but with very different fixtures this weekend.

The Villa had beaten Manchester City at home and then took what I felt was a good point away at Hull City. As long as they win the home game against Hull four points from the two meetings is a good return and if it can be maintained throughout the season will see the Villa at the very least in mid-table. Next up is Tottenham Hotspur. After a good season last year and some big spending a lot was expected of this Spurs side and although they started well, they have looked less formidable in recent weeks. Spurs will no doubt be favourites with the media for this fixture but if the boys can battle and play like they have been then I fancy them to get something out of the game. If the fans can get Villa Park rocking then I am sure the team will rise to the occasion.

West Bromwich Albion travel to Stoke City. Just like the Villa, the Albion are riding high (though not as high as us). A surprise win at Manchester United and then a draw at the Hawthorns against Arsenal means that just like the Villa they will fancy their chances at the Britannia Stadium. Having played for Stoke I know just how passionate their home fans are and they really enjoy beating the Albion. Personally I am always going to back Stoke at home. But after their recent results I am sure the Albion will be looking to get at least a point.

Birmingham City are having a mixed season and Elland Road is a difficult place to go. I think the Blues will have their work cut out for them at Leeds United. Wolverhampton Wanderers are at home against Coventry City. Although close, neither set of fans will view this as a huge derby but both will be hungry to win. I don’t think anyone would bet against the Wolves at home in a League One fixture. Walsall are at home to Stevenage. Walsall have had a great start to the season, I think they will be confident of taking the three points from this one.

All the West Midlands teams have a lot to play for at the moment, and I am sure the players are really looking forward to getting back and trying to put points on the board. Lets hope it’s a good weekend.

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