It’s back to St Andrews this Saturday and Birmingham are coming off back to back wins as well as back to back clean sheets – impressive when you consider they’ve shipped 10 goals in four games before that.
The Blues have managed to go back to what Garry Monk thrives on his team to be and that’s a resolute side, who won’t roll over easily.
Both wins against Millwall and Preston North End were impressive and required heart and desire to ensure we got maximum points. This weekend we welcome Bristol City to St Andrews and with it a completely different task at hand.
Bristol will offer a tough test as they will really want to stop the rot of only winning one game out of six – their only win coming from bottom of the league side Ipswich Town.
Over the years we’ve certainly had the upper hand over the West Country side and have only lost once to them in the last 20 years…I feel like I’ve just jinxed it.
Obviously going into the game Birmingham will be the favourite to come away with 3 points – especially due to our fantastic home form this season, where we remain unbeaten. Unfortunately we all know that’s not the case in this league and you can’t afford to be complacent, otherwise you’ll end up coming away with absolutely nothing.
The Blues shouldn’t be missing to many bodies in an already thin squad either – it’s unsure if Jota will be fit for Saturday and that’ll depend on if he’s managed to train throughout the week without any pain. Other than that it’ll be the usual suspects of David Davis and Isaac Vassell being the only absentees from the match day squad.
With this being taken into consideration I believe this will be our starting line-up:
Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pedersen
Mahoney, Kieft, Gardner, Maghoma
An unchanged line-up from both wins and the bonus of the lads being able to have a whole week of recovery and preparation for Saturday’s game.
I think Saturday’s game will be more of the same that we saw against Preston North End; Blues being the dominate side and having to work hard to break Bristol City down. They do have quality players in their side who will hurt us, so we need to see the resilience of the past two games in order to stand any chance of getting maximum points.
My overall prediction for this one is a 2-1 win for Blues, with Jutkiewicz and Mahoney grabbing both the goals. Let’s just hope my predictions carry on being correct.
Have a good rest of the week and up the Blues!
Keep Right On!
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