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🔎 MansionBet Match Preview: Birmingham City (H)

Take an in-depth look at how City match up against Birmingham City when they host the Blues at Ashton Gate on Saturday afternoon (3pm).

🔴 OURSELVES

City head into this game off the back of a 2-0 defeat away to Nottingham Forest after a goal in each half gave the hosts all three points.

After defeat in the previous two games Nigel Pearson will want to see his side get back to winning ways when they welcome Lee Bowyer's Blues. 

Speaking to Robins TV, Pearson said: “It's always important for us to try and win games against teams that are in and around the same position as us.  

"We need to get back to winning ways because it’s very important that we keep our season moving in the right direction. Last week was an off day for us so it's about getting back to trying to play aggressive football both going forward and defending.

"I think we have given our fans something to be positive about at home, even in our last game against Coventry we lost out on points but the performance was pretty good."

🧳 OUR OPPONENTS

Birmingham City come into this game off the back of a 2-0 defeat home to Huddersfield Town, making it just two wins in their last 16 games in all competitions.

Bowyer will want to see his side do the double over the Robins when they visit them at Ashton Gate this weekend after taking all three points at St. Andrews with a 3-0 win earlier on in the season.

The Blues currently sit in 20th in the Sky Bet Championship with 37 points, therefore with 11 games to go Bowyer will be very keen to make some progress from their 18th place finish last season.

📝 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: Ashton Gate 
When: Saturday, March 5th (3pm)
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

Referee: Thomas Bramall 
Assistant Referee: Bhupinder Gill
Assistant Referee: Robert Merchant
Fourth Official: John Busby


🆚 HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY

Matches v the opposition: 70
Won: 18
Drew: 17
Lost: 35

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 47
Goals conceded: 66

Championship position: 17th (40 points)
Carabao Cup: Round One
FA Cup: Third Round

Yellow cards: 70
Red cards: 1

Top goalscorer: Andi Weimann (16)
Top assists: Antoine Semenyo and Andi Weimann (8)

BIRMINGHAM CITY 

Matches v opposition: 70
Won: 35
Drew: 17
Lost: 18

The 2021/22 season so far in all competitions…

Goals scored: 41
Goals conceded: 57

Championship position:  20th (37 points)
Carabao Cup: Round Two
FA Cup: Third Round

Yellow cards: 63
Red cards: 4

Top goalscorer: Scott Hogan (10)
Top assists: Jeremie Bela (4)


MATCH REWIND 

Result: Bristol City 3-1 Birmingham City
When: 10.04.18
Competition: Sky Bet Championship

A Marlon Pack free-kick, Bobby Reid’s 20th goal of the season and Matty Taylor’s late strike came on a night where City showed an attacking masterclass.

Reid was tripped on the turn 25 yards from the net and up stepped Pack in a central position and his resulting free kick rifled beyond David Stockdale in the Blues goal on the 12-minute mark.

The second goal was delivered by Reid when he struck from close-range to collect his milestone. Joe Bryan’s raking cross, which was causing problems for the travelling side, picked out Famara Diédhiou who leapt highest to guide a header into the path of the on-rushing Reid, whose first-time shot span into the bottom corner.

Garry Monk’s side halved the deficit through Lukas Jutkiewicz’s third goal in as many games, as his left-foot strike from the edge of the area squeezed in at Fielding’s near post.

Taylor picked out Reid on the edge of the box and then met the 25-year-old's return low cross with a sweeping shot as he nestled the ball beyond Stockdale with a little more than five minutes of regular time remaining.


👀 ONE TO WATCH

TAHITH CHONG

Chong has had an injury-struck season but made his re-appearance in the Blues' last game and the Manchester United loanee will be keen to pick up where he left off. 

Prior to his injury the 22-year-old started 13 Sky Bet Championship games, contributing three assists in the process. 

Since joining the Red Devils back in 2016 the Dutch midfielder has gained experience in both the German and Belgian top tiers during his loan spells at Werder Bremen and Club Brugge.

🎟 TICKETS

Saturday's fixture against Birmingham City is classed as a Gold category, meaning adult tickets are priced from £30 and Under-12s from £10. 

Fans will also have a chance to treat a friend or family member to a Mates Rate ticket, with all Season Card holders being sent a unique voucher code. 

The code allows Season Card holders to invite two friends/family members for £12.50 per ticket in all home areas of the ground. 

Please note, Season Card holders will be unable to redeem the code themselves – the code can only be redeemed online by a supporter that isn’t a current Season Card holder. 

Season Card holders looking to move seat to sit with friends/family should contact Supporter Services via email or phone - 0117 963 0600 (seat moves are subject to availability). Members discount does not apply to a Mates Rates ticket. 


📺 WATCH ON ROBINS TV

As per EFL regulations, the broadcast will only be available to overseas Robins TV subscribers. 

Head of Academy Coach Development Steve Lilley will be the live studio guest offering pre-match and post-match analysis as well as co-commentary throughout the 90 minutes.

The 30-minute build-up show starts at 2.30pm and will be shown on City's YouTube channel and Facebook for free.

A Robins Live audio pass is also available domestically and overseas. 

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