At 12 noon tomorrow, nothing else matters. For 90 minutes, life’s problems disappear.
Losing at Villa (again) will feel like the world is crumbling. That ache in the heart will reappear as you watch your enemies claim bragging rights and three points once again.
Of course, Blues will go back for more. We always do. If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. Never a truer saying for a club looking for their first win in Witton since 2005.
But then maybe, just maybe.
It’s certainly due. Villa are strong at home. I’m not beating around the bush here. But Blues have the capability to make life difficult for Villa. Mind you, Blues also have the capability to make life difficult for themselves.
Yet for every Thomas Hitzlsperger moment, there’s could be a Stern John moment. For every Gary Cahill moment, there’s a Geoff Horsfield, Stan Lazaridis and David Dunn moment.
Blues have been there and done it before. It’s been a while, but it’s happened.
Blues are in much better shape than their last trip to B6. Then under Steve Cotterill and in the midst of a relegation battle, they proved to be easy pickings for Steve Bruce’s side.
Garry Monk has Blues well drilled, organised and scoring goals. Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams are two of the Championship’s form players. That ‘big chance’ Blues always squander against Villa (see Jota, Maghoma, Gallagher, even Adams) may well be tucked away this time.
Villa will have the lionshare of possession, undoubtedly. Blues will play on the counter and look to move the ball to the wide players quickly. It’ll be fairly direct. It’ll be fast and frantic. But that may suit Blues.
Buckle in for a rollercoaster ride.
The buzz of derby day. The nerves, emotion, excitement and fear. Ecstasy and heartbreak. The love and the hate.