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Steve Bruce backs Aston Villa’s experience to prevail in derby battle

The manager knows all too well the importance of his players’ keeping their heads in the intense atmosphere against Birmingham at St Andrew’s

Ahmed Elmohamady was almost amused when asked whether he is ready for the atmosphere that awaits the Egyptian and his Aston Villa team-mates after the short trip to St Andrew’s for Sunday’s derby against Birmingham City. “Of course,” was the immediate reply from the 30-year-old defender – and no wonder, as he has endured some of the most febrile meetings in world football. Games between Egypt and Algeria sprung to mind.

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