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James Crawley

James Crawley writes

Posted Friday, August 9th 2019

Preview: Birmingham City (A)

With the transfer window now shut, the focus is very much back on the pitch with City travelling to face Birmingham City this weekend.

It's the Robins' first away trip of the new campaign, as they head to St Andrew's off the back of their opening day defeat against Leeds United.

They will be aiming for a response as they head back to the ground for the first time since their historic victory there in the 2018/19 campaign.

MATCH DETAILS

  • Date: Saturday, August 10th
  • Kick-off: 3pm
  • Competition: Sky Bet Championship
  • Where: St Andrew's Stadium
  • Officials: Oliver Langford (referee), Akil Howson (assistant referee), Paul Hodskinson (assistant referee), Simon Mather (fourth official)

HEAD TO HEAD

BRISTOL CITY v Birmingham City:
W: 17 (26%)
D: 16
L: 32

FORM - Last five games (*Carabao Cup)
Bristol City: L
Birmingham City: WL*

Brownhill in action at St Andrew's in 2018/19

CLUB NEWS

  • More than 1,300 Robins supporters will be making the trip to St Andrew's.
  • City announced four new signings in the week leading up to the transfer window deadline: Han-Noah Massengo, Pedro Pereira, Ádám Nagy and Benik Afobe (loan).
  • Blues have confirmed the signings of striker Alvaro Gimenez and attacking midfielder Fran Villalba.
  • Team news: Defenders Bailey Wright and Nathan Baker have resumed full training, Niki Mäenpää is back on the grass.
Pedro Pereira became City's 10th signing of the summer

WORD FROM THE CAMP

Centre-back Taylor Moore and Assistant Head Coach Dean Holden spoke to the club website, previewing Saturday fixture against Birmingham City. Here are the headlines:

  • Moore is aiming to cement his spot in Lee Johnson's starting XI this season
  • Holden spoke highly of the squad and is confident of the team being able to bounce back following Sunday's opening day defeat
Famara Diédhiou scored the only goal at St Andrew's last season

MEMORABLE FIXTURE

Birmingham City 0-1 Bristol City
Saturday, December 8th 2018
Sky Bet Championship
Scorer: Diédhiou 63'
Att: 20,961

Famara Diédhiou’s fifth goal of the season was enough to sink Birmingham City 1-0 at a soggy St Andrew’s Stadium and secure the Robins an historic win.

His second-half header left Lee Camp rooted to the spot in a game where City had long spells of possession.

They survived a late scare when Lukas Jutkiewicz threatened to equalise but hit the post. However, City held on to record back-to-back away wins for the first time since August and in doing so ended the Blues’ unbeaten home record that season, as well as secure their first win on Birmingham's turf since 1993.

Bristol City: Mäenpää, Kalas, Webster, Kelly, Pisano, Brownhill, Weimann (Watkins 80'), Paterson, Pack, Eliasson (O'Dowda 58'), Diedhiou. Subs not used: O'Leary, Baker, Morrell, Hunt, Eisa.

AND FINALLY...

Tickets remain available for City's clash against the Blues this Saturday.

Adult prices start from £26 and can be bought using the link below.

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