The bitter opponents head into the affair tied on 24 points, with Villa ahead thanks to a superior goal difference.
Dean Smiths side have outscored the Blue half of the city by four goals – netting the fifth highest total in the Championship – but a habit of conceding leaves the Villans just a single goal better off.
Victory for either side will move the respective club towards the Play-Off positions, whereas defeat will leave the relegation zone a daunting prospect.
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Hudson-Odoi will be allowed to leave the club, and as a result it has alerted a host of Midland clubs. Derby County and West Brom are also looking at possible attacking options in January, and they could take an interest in signing him.
Throughout the opening 17 fixtures, both Birmingham-based clubs have become familiar to the referee’s attention, with Garry Monks men carded 27 times to the Villans’ 25.
Sundays affair will be Jones first in charge of a Second City derby, and he is yet to officiate a Birmingham fixture. The biggest match he has presided over was QPRs 2-0 win over London rivals Millwall in September – he has never officiated in the Premier League.
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“(Manager) Garry (Monk) got across what he wanted from us and everyone grabbed hold of it because we know what we can be if we do it right. He’s the best manager – and it’s the best staff – I’ve worked with. It’s a siege mentality.”