Blues Preview vs Reading (H)

What a wonderful feeling it is waking up on a dreaded Monday Morning knowing your side did the business on the weekend. I can guarantee every Blues fan is walking into Work, School/College and Uni with a sense of satisfaction of how things are going on the pitch for us at the minute. 

We can’t get to ahead of ourselves and have to adopt the mentality that Monk and the players are adopting “take it each game at a time”. We now look forward to Tuesday nights encounter with Reading at St Andrews, with a chance to gain another 3 points and put ourselves in a very healthy position compared to previous seasons.

For a side that hasn’t lost at home this season a type of fixture like this is one we should be heading into with confidence and belief we can get another 3 points on the board, but it’s also a potential banana skin and we cannot be complacent or underestimate our opponents.

Reading are coming off a huge 3-1 win over Millwall on the weekend which seems to have given Paul Clement some valuable time at the helm and taken away a little bit of pressure that was building around him. That win took them above their opponents and into 19th, only 2 points above the relegation spaces.

Going into the game it’s a very difficult one to call, as both sides have only won three times this season and whilst Blues have lost significantly less amount of games we still need to be on it from minute one to avoid a first home defeat of the season.

Reading have already beaten us once this since all be it being against our reserve side and in the carabao cup, but it’ll still give them confidence heading into the match.

The team line ups may well not change much either as both teams will want to be building momentum and confidence going into the busy schedule coming up. Here’s my predicted line ups:

Blues:

Camp

Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen 

Jota, Kieftenbeld, Gardner, Mahoney

Adams, Jutkiewicz 

I think it’ll be an unchanged line up from Saturday, you could argue Maghoma should start as he come on and changed the game, but Saturday was hardly the type of game a player of Mahoney’s ability could show what he was about. 

Reading:

Jaakkola

Yiadom, Illori, Moore, Blackett 

Bacuna, Kelly

McLeary, Swift, Baldock

Meite 

I can see reading adopting a similar approach of not changing a winning side in an attempt to get the further away from the bottom three.

My overall prediction for this one is that Reading will allow us to have a lot of the ball, dictate the proceedings of the evening and try and catch us on the counter attack when given the opportunity. Let’s hope we can be as creative and clinical as we have been recently and really put them to the sword. I’m going to go 2-0 Blues, Jutkiewicz and Jota to score.

Keep Right On! 

Picture Credit: Birmingham City

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