Birmingham Preview vs Leeds United

Another game gone and another article where I feel I could copy and paste the introduction of any previous preview with the Blues not getting what their performance deserved. You’re starting to get the feeling that Garry Monk will need to re-enact the late great Barry Fry by visiting each corner of the St Andrews turf to lift the win curse.

Tuesday was an indicator that the Blues really can battle against anyone in this league despite us having to deal with the implications and book thrown at us from the EFL, but I always say the Blues are the best underdogs and I think it’s having a more of a positive effect rather than a negative one on the players.

Saturday is quite possibly going to be our toughest test to date as we face high flying Leeds United – a team unbeaten in the league so far. Now it really would by typical the Blues to win their first game of the season against a side who haven’t lost yet, but honestly I don’t hold out much hope for this one. Monk will know a return to his old club isn’t going to be a welcoming with open arms, instead it’ll be more of a this is what you walked away from.

Marcelo Bielsa has got his team playing attacking, attractive and, above all else, effective football. They’ve put teams to the sword already this season and they’re a hard team to break down. With another comfortable 3-0 win against Preston midweek they’ll be looking to continue their run with another big performance against the Blues.

Here’s my predicted Leeds lineup.

Peacock-Farrell

Ayling, Jansson, Cooper, Douglas

Phillips

Harrison, Saiz, Klich, Alioski

Roberts

I can’t see Bielsa changing much especially when they won so comfortably midweek. A positive for Blues is that Leeds are without key players like Pablo Hernandez, Kemar Roofe and Gaetano Berardi.

The Blues on the other hand will be looking to keep the momentum of putting in strong performances going, especially from the 2nd half of Wednesday’s game. I think the subs that came on proved to be effect and have shown they are a key part of this squad when they’re called upon.

Here’s my predicted Blues lineup.

Camp

Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen

Jota, Gardner, Lakin, Solomon-Otabor

Jutkiewicz, Bogle

Personally I think Maghoma needs a rest as I thought he looked very leggy against Sheffield United – hence the addition of VSO. I know Bogle wasted a golden opportunity too but he added a lot more to the game when he came on then Che Adams did the entirety of the time he was on the pitch.

The Blues are going to have to show resilience, a lot of heart and determination if they want to come away from Elland Road with a result – that’s something that Monk has installed into this side in abundance. However I do think this maybe one hurdle to many for us and Leeds will have enough to see us off on Saturday afternoon. Therefore I’m going for a 2-1 Leeds win, but hopefully I’m wrong!

Keep Right On!

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