Got over the weekend yet? I don’t think I have. The feeling of getting that first win is such a relief, but to do it against a team that were unbeaten so far and in their own backyard is something to be admired.
The Blues have finally got a result that they deserved and in an ideal world that would have been our 5th or 6th win of the season. Unfortunately we don’t live in the ideal world, we live in the real one and it’s now time to build on that result with a home fixture against struggling Ipswich Town.
Now it really would be typical Birmingham to go and beat top of the league, unbeaten Leeds United to playing winless Ipswich at home and getting turned over, but Garry Monk has changed this sides mentality and I have every confidence we will be bang on it again on Saturday.
Having collected four points from two of the top four teams (it really should have been six), the Blues will be looking to end September strongly and start climbing the Championship table.
Ipswich on the other hand find themselves in uncomfortable territory – second from bottom and without a win all season. Interesting to see when Mick McCarthy was ridiculed for his management but had them finishing 12th last season. They could be in real danger of losing that “Ever present since the Championships conception” status.
The Tractor Boys will be no easy game though as they’ll be desperate to get that much needed win on the board and build some confidence in the long run. They picked up an impressive draw against a good Brentford side and did the same against a Bolton side we found hard to break down. However, Birmingham are going to prove to be a different test for them as we’ve been one of the better performing sides so far this season despite our league position – almost everyone you see talking about the Blues say “I don’t know how they’re down there”.
Another win on Saturday would make that championship table look a lot better, it wouldn’t be perfect but it would be a respectable 12 points from 10 games (we all know it could have been easily 20 points). Now would be the perfect time to start a run going with the fixtures we have coming up as there are winnable games in there.
I doubt we’ll see any changes from Saturday’s massive win over Leeds. Every man on that pitch stood up when it counted most and showed true heart and desire. Gary Gardner did have to come off after picking up a knock, but Monk is positive that it was only a knock.
So with that in mind here’s the line-up:
Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen
Jota, Lakin, Gardner, Maghoma
If Adams shows the hunger and fire in his belly that he did on the weekend he’ll give Ipswich Town players nightmares.
In contrast Ipswich are desperate for a win and will be hoping to cause problems for Blues on Saturday, they’ll more than likely line-up as the did against Bolton:
Pennington Nsiala Chambers Knudsen
Edwards Nolan Ward
In all I do think Birmingham will have enough to see off Ipswich, especially now the tails will be up after the Leeds game.
Jota, Maghoma and Adams will be big factored in this one because if they’re firing on all cylinders it could be a long afternoon for those from Suffolk.
My overall prediction you ask? 2-0 Blues. Goals from Adams and Gary Gardner.
Here’s to the weekend and hopefully another three points.
Keep Right On!
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