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Birmigham City vs. Wigan

St Andrews



Blues Welcome Wigan

Blues face Wigan at St Andrews on Saturday and Alex McLeish wants his side to go on and equal the record at Birmingham for games unbeaten.

Wigan, on the other hand will be looking for points to get them away from the relegation zone before they end up fighting against relegation all season.

Vital Quotes:

Martinez (on N'Zogbia)

'I think that's well in the past. The transfer window brings you that sort of speculation but once the window closed I've been very happy with the focus and concentration of the players, especially Charles.

'We forget the players are human beings and the transfer window being open while the competition is going on is really wrong.

'But I've been really pleased with his reaction, the players have been really happy with his attitude and his behaviour and the way he performed on Wednesday showed the talent that he's got. I don't think it's going to affect anyone.

'It doesn't concern me at all. What is important is the way we're starting to gel as a team.'

Alex McLeish

'I hope our fans give everyone a hostile reception in the Wigan team, not just Charles. But I think he will get a good welcome!

'You know what fans are like. They are within their rights to do a lot of things.

'A fan will support his team and, if it means giving someone the bird, then he or she will do that.

'It is just part of the game and footballers have to take it on the chin and get on with it.

'Charles came and went. He had a chance to come and we just never got the deal done.

'It is brushed under the carpet and we move forward.

'I want to draw a line under it. It's over. We've moved on. I'm philosophical.

'I've lost a few deals in the past but you have to move quickly forward.'

Birmigham City Team News:

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has no new major injury problems.

Midfielder Michel is ruled out with a dead leg but at best the Spaniard was only likely to figure amongst the substitutes against the Latics.

James McFadden has undergone successful surgery on the anterior knee ligament injury he suffered a week ago.

McLeish has to decide whether to give a first league start to winger Jean Beausejour who impressed in the mid-week Carling Cup win over MK Dons while skipper Stephen Carr will return after resting the broken toe he has played with for the first month of the season.

Player to watch: Craig Gardner

Will be looking for another goal or two to add to his tally.

Wigan Team News:

Wigan midfielder Hendry Thomas is expected to miss out after suffering a badly-cut shin in Carling Cup action this week.

Ronnie Stam and Franco Di Santo also suffered knocks in the 2-1 win over Preston but are expected to be fit while Victor Moses, who made his comeback from an ankle injury last weekend, is also pushing for a place in the squad.

Club captain Gary Caldwell (hip) played in a behind-closed-doors friendly this week but is still a few weeks away from a first-team return while Tom Cleverley (knee) is also out.

Wigan manager Roberto Martinez insists he has no concerns about fielding Charles N'Zogbia against the team that came close to signing him this summer.

The France international is expected to be part of the Latics team.

Player to watch: Charles N'Zogbia

Enough fuss is being made about him, he's bound to do something.

Match Facts & Stats

The overall record between these sides stands at five wins for Birmingham, three for Wigan and three draws.

Wigan have never won a match at St Andrew's in seven attempts.

Ref Watch:

Mark Clattenburg

Match Prediction:

3-1 to Blues

Next Fixtures:

Premier Birmingham vs Everton 02-10-2010

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Date:Friday September 24 2010

Time: 7:40PM

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Looks like we're doomed but we never won at White Hart Lane, either. May the best team win.
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24/09/2010 20:24:00

Never mind the best team winning, Latics to win 1-0 best or not
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24/09/2010 21:53:00

To be honest, I think there's little between these sides. Birmingham have the upper hand in recent fixtures - but anniversary days sometimes don't always have the desired reward. I stick by a 0-0. Would be nice to see Mauro Boselli score but can't see it happening.
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