Bristol City Preview vs Birmingham City (A)

Bristol City will travel to the West Midlands to face an in-form Birmingham City side at St Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.

City come into the game off the back of a stalemate 1-1 draw at Ashton Gate against Neil Harris’ Millwall last weekend, while Garry Monk’s side’s come into the match after a 3-0 thrashing of Preston North End.

The Robins will be huge outsiders for the match, not only based on recent form, but due to the fact that they have beaten Birmingham just once since 1994 and haven’t won at St Andrew’s for 25 years.

Bristol City have lacked creativity in recent weeks with forwards Famara Diedhiou and Andreas Weimann struggling to hit the ground running while Johnson believes that recent signing Mo Eisa – who was signed from Cheltenham Town in January – still has a bit to do if he is to make the starting lineup for the Robins.

Bailey Wright could return after a knock that had been picked up while Frank Fielding is still absent after a meningitis-related injury.

Wright could be key for City as they face the challenge of dealing with the likes of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Che Adams – who have both netted on at least nine occasions this season.

Birmingham currently sit ninth in the Championship table and a win for the Blues would move them on the verge of the play-off spots while the Robins are positioned in 14th place and within eight points of both the relegation zone and play-off spaces.

It will be a tough tie for Lee Johnson’s Bristol City but definitely a winnable one.

Predicted Line-up:

Bristol City: Maenpaa; Hunt; Webster, Baker, Kelly; Pack, Brownhill; Eliasson, Paterson, Weimann; Diedhiou

Birmingham: Camp; Colin, Morrison, Dean, Pederson; Mahoney, Kieftenbeld, Gardner, Maghoma; Adams, Jutkiewitz

Prediction:

Birmingham City 1-2 Bristol City

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