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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Birmingham City (A)

City travel north up the M5 to take on the Blues at St Andrews on Tuesday night (7:45pm).

🔵 Our opponents

City are currently level on points with Birmingham in the SkyBet Championship table (19), yet the Blues are one place ahead of them thanks to marginally better goal difference.

Lee Bowyer’s side have hit a purple patch of form of later, which has seen them pick up seven points from their last three outings.

After returning from the international break, Birmingham slipped to a 1-0 defeat against Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion, which was followed by a stalemate draw against Huddersfield Town.

However, their last two fixtures have ended in victory. The first coming in the form of a 2-1 victory at St Andrew’s against Swansea City, and the second being a convincing 2-0 win at the Riverside Stadium against Middleborough.

BIRMINGHAM CITY PROFILE

Formed: 1875
Stadium: St Andrew’s
Nickname: The Blues
Manager: Lee Bowyer
Finish last season: 18th, Championship

HONOURS

  • Second Division Champions 1892/93, 1920/21, 1947/48, 1954/55
  • Third Division Champions 1994/95
  • League Cup Winners 1962/63, 2010/11
  • Football League Trophy Winners 1990/91, 1994/95

📍 MATCH DETAILS 

Where: St Andrew’s
When: Tuesday, November 2nd (7:45pm)
Competition: SkyBet Championship

Referee: Simon Hooper
Assistant: Daniels Robathan
Assistant: Derek Eaton
Fourth Official: James Oldham


⚽️ Our last game: Match action v Barnsley

City ended a 17-game winless run at Ashton Gate with a 2-1 victory against the Tykes on Saturday afternoon.

Barnsley took the lead just before the half-hour mark, as Cauley Woodrow found Devante Cole inside the City box, and he set up Aaron Leya Iseka to smash past Bentley via a deflection. 

City equalised soon after, as Nahki Wells’ neat through ball was latched onto by Andi Weimann, and the Austrian smashed past Collins for his fifth goal of the season.

The Robins bagged their eventual winner in added time of the first half.  Han-Noah Massengo’s reverse through-ball brilliantly picked out Chris Martin, who in-turn found Weimann to coolly slot home his second goal of the afternoon and seal victory in BS3.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

Scott Hogan

The 29-year-old well-travelled forward has had previous spells at Championship clubs such as Brentford, Aston Villa, Sheffield United, Stoke City and now Birmingham City.

This campaign the Blues’ centre forward has made 13 appearances, finding the back of the net on four occasions with his most recent strike coming at the Riverside Stadium in Birmingham’s 2-0 victory over Middleborough.


⏮ MATCH REWIND...

Birmingham City 0-3 Bristol City
13.03.2021
Championship
St Andrew’s

Palmer gave City a deserved half-time lead when he unleashed his own counter attack and found the bottom corner with a fine solo goal.

That came after Birmingham twice hit the post through Scott Hogan, with the woodwork coming to City’s rescue after Jérémie Bela found space down the right on both occasions.

But City’s pressing then told when Semenyo closed down Neil Etheridge and the ball bounced back off City’s number 18 and into the open net.

O’Dowda then added further daylight moments after coming off the bench, meeting Palmer's pass before rolling the ball past Etheridge to seal victory at St Andrew’s.

 


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

Birmingham City

Match vs the opposition: 69
Won: 34
Drew: 17
Lost 18

The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored: 14
Goals conceded: 17

Championship position: 15th (19 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 28
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Scott Hogan 4

Bristol City

Match vs the opposition: 69
Won: 18
Drew: 17
Lost 34

 The 2021/22 season so far...

Goals scored:
Goals conceded:

Championship position: 16th (19 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Round Three (January 2022)

Yellow cards: 19
Red cards: 0

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann 6


🎟 TICKET NEWS

There will be no pay on the day available at St Andrew's.


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