Blues Preview vs Preston North End (H)

Well it’s back to being Blues after a proper gutsy and determined performance in South Bermondsey.

The Den has proved to be a hard place to travel this season, but Birmingham seemed to relish the opportunity. It only took 10 minutes to get ourselves in front thanks to some neat work from Che Adams who’s effort cannoned back off the post and fortunately in off a Millwall defender.

The Blues looked the more likely to add to their lead and things got even better for them when Millwall were reduced to 10 men, but that just seemed to make the hosts more resolute. It took some very gritty defending and a lot of energy before the points were finally wrapped up thanks to Captain, Michael Morrison volleying gone from six-yards out.

Overall it was a good night in the capital, back to basics and back to what Monk’s team are known for and that’s being defensively strong. Now is the prefect time 

To build a run going into the festive period – especially with the fixtures we have coming up. 

Now we turn our attention to Preston North End at home, a side we seem to struggle against when playing at home – especially last season as it drew the curtain on the Redknapp era.

However this (like I’ve said many a time before) is a different Blues team, they’re a different animal all together and seem to understand what it means to be Blues. We might not have the greatest squad in the division, but we have a bunch of grafters who are willing to work and learn as the season goes on.

Preston North End seem to be a different animal as well this season – unfortunately for them it’s not so positive and after a very tricky start to the season find themselves 17th in the table, but are coming in off the back of some positive results against Blackburn and Middlesbrough. 

Again this won’t be an easy afternoon and Blues will be made to work hard in order retain their unbeaten record and pick up maximum points come five o’clock Saturday evening.

The team news is more of the same in terms of absentees; Davis still the only long term absentee and hopefully Jota won’t be far away from full match fitness after going off against Hull City at home. Isaac Vassell will be starting to gain his match fitness now he’s back in training and I think we’re all excited for his long awaited return.

Taking that into consideration here’s my line up for Saturday’s game:

Camp

Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen 

Mahoney, Kieft, G Gardner, Maghoma

Adams, Jutkiewicz 

An unchanged line up from Wednesday evening and it was obvious to see the difference with Gary Gardner and Maghoma being in the starting eleven – especially when Pedersen is shifted back to his more natural left back role.

I think the game on Saturday will be very similar to what we saw at The Den; very cagey and a game of who wants it more – something Birmingham have been very good at this season.

My prediction from Wednesday nights game was correct so I’m hoping for more of the same, so I’ll stick my neck out and say 2-1 Blues, Jutkiewicz and Maghoma with the goals.

Hope you all enjoy the weekend, I’m sure Blues will be the major dictator of that! 

As always, Keep Right On! 

Picture Credit: Birmingham City

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