The Aston Villa boss will go all out for victory in the League Cup clash later this month.
The third round draw threw out some very enticing derby matches and Sherwood has admitted that having to face the Championship side has forced him to rethink his selection plans.
Rather than playing some of Villa’s youngsters and fringe players, Sherwood has admitted that he is going to pick his strongest available XI.
“If we were playing a team other than Birmingham City then maybe we’d look to rotate the squad but we have no intention of doing that,” the Villa boss told the Birmingham Mail. “We’re going flat out to win every game.”
Before that mouth-watering tie Villa have league games against Leicester City this weekend and then another local derby against West Bromwich Albion just three days before the Birmingham clash.
Villa have a strong and exciting squad after Sherwood oversaw a considerable overhaul during the summer, but the trick now is to bed all those players in and settle on his strongest available starting line-up as soon as possible.
Villa are currently 12th in the Premier League having taken four points from their first four matches but they have the chance to add another six to that tally before their attention turns to the League Cup and the potential glory that comes with it.