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Blues Take On Everton

Birmingham
vs.
Everton

St Andrews

2-10-10

15:00

A win for Birmingham will see Alex McLeish`s side go into the top half of the table and if Everton carry on where they have left off then three points is very much a reality.

But the Toffees are desperate for points themselves, they are stuck to the bottom of the Premier League, not a place where you would expect to see David Moyes` men.

But it`s not all doom and gloom for Everton, they drew with Manchester United 3-3 earlier and last week picked up an away point at Fulham after a goalless draw

Vital Quotes:

Mikel Arteta:

"I think we should have won the (Fulham) game, we controlled it really well and kept a clean sheet which was the first time this season, so hopefully we can build from there and get the three points on Saturday.

"You try to do everything you can to get better. Every single detail at the moment is really important, so that`s what we`re working on.

"It`s very frustrating to see yourself in that situation and I don`t believe that we deserve to be where we are at the moment, but that`s football. We need to keep doing things right and keep improving on what we`ve been doing well.

"Everybody is really committed. All the players are really aware of the situation and we want to put that right straight away. So I think the commitment is there.

"Birmingham are really organised, they work really hard to get that. It`s a hard ground to get the three points but we will try hard - it`s not going to be an easy game for them as well."

Lee Bowyer - On Everton being bottom:

'You can bet your life that they won't stay there because they're an exceptional team.

'David Moyes has worked wonders since the time he took over and they're definitely a top-eight side.

'What I hear is that they're playing well but they've just been a bit unfortunate with their results.

'Things aren't going their way and hopefully that will carry on at the weekend and they can start winning after the weekend.'

Birmingham Team News:

Birmingham midfielder Craig Gardner is suspended for the home Barclays Premier League encounter with Everton.

Gardner, Birmingham's leading scorer, will also be unavailable for the games against Arsenal and Blackpool after his straight red card against Wigan last weekend.

Blues boss Alex McLeish could switch Lee Bowyer from the left flank back into his preferred central midfield position alongside Barry Ferguson.

Keith Fahey will be in contention for a recall after not starting a league game since the opening day of the campaign at Sunderland.

Player to watch: Alexander Hleb

Midfield maestro

Everton Team News:

Everton full-back Tony Hibbert is back in contention for the Barclays Premier League trip to Birmingham.

Hibbert missed the Toffees' draw at Fulham last week with a groin strain but has trained this week and should be fit.

Louis Saha (calf), Jack Rodwell (ankle) and Victor Anichebe (knee) remain on the sidelines.

Manager David Moyes has also reported 'one or two doubts' but given no further details. Tim Cahill has been troubled by a knee injury in recent weeks and was substituted after 62 minutes at Fulham.

Player to watch: Pienaar

Getting closer to scoring week after week. Lets hope its not this week.

Match Facts & Stats

Alex McLeish and David Moyes have clashed as managers on three previous occasions, all of which have ended in draws.

Birmingham's only victory over Everton in 12 Premier League meetings was a 3-0 home win in February 2004.

The Blues have drawn two of their three home games 0-0 this season.

Ref Watch:

Referee: Phil Dowd

Assistant referees: Dean Mohareb & David Richardson

Fourth official: Mark Halsey

Match Prediction:

Got to go for a 1-0 win for Brum, although I fear another 0-0 may be on the cards.

Next Fixtures:

Sat 16 15:00 A Arsenal PREM
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Writer:Foxxy
Date:Friday October 1 2010
Time: 6:11PM

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