Blues Preview vs Rotherham (H)

Strength in adversity is an important thing in football and this current Blues team have it in abundance.

Tuesday night saw Blues take on high scoring Brentford in what’s dubbed as “The Harlee Dean Derby” by those from West London, but was it really “Cheer up Harlee Dean?” In short no it wasn’t because Blues showed they have the grit and determination to get something out of a game even when their opponents are trying everything possible to gain an advantage. Mr Maupay should hold his head in shame for his terrible antics that were on display, but Blues can walk away with their head held high and feeling the better out of the two sides. 

Now we look forward to Saturday’s game against Rotherham United – winless away from home this season. This will still prove to be a tough test for Blues, as this isn’t the same Rotherham team that went down to league one with a whimper two years ago. No, this Rotherham team also seem to have strength in adversity and will put everything they have into getting a result from St Andrews on Saturday.

Going into the game you would expect Blues to be the favourite to get the 3 points, but we’ve started poorly against sides when that’s been the case before. So what does Monk need to do to ensure this doesn’t happen again? Well it’s simple, go out with the same attitude, determination and desire shown in the final 25 minutes of Tuesday – because it’s no lie if Blues play like they did against Brentford then 3 points shouldn’t be a problem this weekend.

Rotherham on the other hand are coming back off games against Stoke and Bristol City which are two very tough sides and they more than matched the first in their 2-2 draw at home. With them not winning a game away from home yet they’ll be itching to get at Blues to end that run.

With both teams looking for their first home win and away win respectively, you have to believe somethings go to give.

Here’s my line ups for both teams:

Camp

Colin Morrison Dean Pedersen 

Kieftenbeld Gardner 

Mahoney Jota Adams 

Jutkiewicz

I want to see Blues try Mahoney on the wing after his performance against Ipswich – as well as Maghoma needing some rest time after a few mediocre performances. I’m guessing Blues will appeal the shocking decision to send Kieftenbeld off and we’ll see him back in the side this Saturday. Jota playing down the middle could cause so many issues for the Millers as there’s no denying his quality and creativity when he’s got the ball.

Rodák

Jones Ajayi Wood Mattock 

Towell Vaulks Manning 

Williams Smith Newell 

There’s quality in that Rotherham side especially coming from Towell and Manning, therefore Blues need to be firing on all cylinders when we clash at 3.00pm 

Prediction:

My prediction for this one is a tight affair, but Blues will have the better hand and will come away with their first home win this season.  I’m going for a 2-0 Blues win, so here’s to hoping I’ll be right as I was on Tuesday.

Keep Right On! 

Picture Credit: Birmingham City

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