Alex McLeish fancies his chances against any team when his Birmingham City side step out at St Andrew’s.
Over the past two years the stadium has become a fortress, and the Scot is determined to continue making it an intimidating venue ahead of Tottenham’s visit on Saturday.
Recently, Blues beat Premier League champions Chelsea at home when Lee Bowyer’s early first-half goal was enough to secure three points, while on Wednesday they overcame Villa in the Carling Cup after seven games without a win against their second city rivals.
Only Everton have come away with three points from St Andrew’s this season as the Toffees thwarted Blues’ chances of making it 19 games unbeaten at home.
It would have been a club record, but the statistics still speak volumes despite the recent blemish.
“I’m not sure what the bookies odds were when we played Chelsea, but people were telling me we were favourites that week,” said McLeish.
“I had to try and lower expectations a little bit then.
“If we’ve got an opportunity at St Andrew's then we’ll fancy our chances. We always feel that it’s achievable to beat the opposition when we’re here at St Andrew’s.”
Meanwhile, the Blues boss has warned injured playmaker Aleksandr Hleb that his place is the side is not guaranteed.
McLeish has told the creative midfielder on numerous occasions that he’s not fit to start and he has often opted for formations that do not suit his style.
The Belarus international, on loan from Barcelona, was carried off during the 1-1 draw against Fulham over the weekend.
His hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared and McLeish is currently waiting on a scan to determine how long he will be out for.
Hleb looked like he was back to his best at Craven Cottage with an inspiring display.
He set up Seb Larsson’s goal with a dazzling run through the Fulham defence but was carried off in the second half.
McLeish admits that Hleb has been given a rude awakening in the Midlands, with his omission from the starting line-up for the Blues’ shock win over Chelsea proving that he is not untouchable.
“I’ve repeatedly told him that he is not fit enough to start games,” said the Scot.
“He was disappointed not to start against Chelsea. He thought it was a slight and was a bit embarrassed by that.
“A top player thinks he can just walk into the team - but it doesn’t work like that."
He added: “His injury is not bad.”