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Basement Battle

Blues travel to Sunderland on saturday after the fogged off game monday night.

This is arguably the biggest game of Blues season and we must win to bridge the game between ourselves and bottom spot.

Bruce Quotes:

'It's a headache but a good headache.

'In the last three months it's almost been a case of if you rolled up on a Saturday and if you were fit you were playing!

'The good thing about training this week is that I've had the likes of Melchiot, Johnson, Clemence, Lazaridis, Gray, Dunn and Izzet all training and it lifts the standard of the whole training session.

'It's been far, far better than it has been, because when you're training with 10 or 11 players it's not the same because you're worried sick somebody else will get injured.

'It's been a huge improvement and I've liked what I've seen in training all week because there's been a crackle and a sparkle amongst them.'

Sunderland Team News:

Sunderland have Chris Brown back in their squad after being recalled from his loan spell at Hull City.

Jonathan Stead is expected to continue in attack, with Republic of Ireland international Stephen Elliott still ruled out with a back injury.

Sunderland (from): Alnwick, Davis, Nosworthy, Hoyte, Breen, Stubbs, Caldwell, Whitehead, Lawrence, Miller, Bassila, Welsh, Stead, Le Tallec, Brown, Collins, Gray, Woods.

Player to watch: Jonathan Stead

Will be once again amaining to get his first goal for his new club.

Blues Team News:

Nico Vaesen is expected to replace Maik Taylor in goal.

Melchiot, David Dunn, Damien Johnson and Nicky Butt are also back in contention.

Birmingham City (from): Maik Taylor, Vaesen, Melchiot, Cunningham, Martin Taylor, Clapham, Pennant, Kilkenny, Johnson, Butt, Izzet, Dunn, Lazaridis, Gray, Pandiani, Jarosik, Heskey.

Player to watch: David Dunn

Expected to make his long awaited return and is sure to make an impact.

Match Facts & Stats

HEAD TO HEAD TOTALS League: Sunderland 47 wins, Birmingham 31, Draws 18 Prem: Sunderland 0 wins, Birmingham 2, Draws 0

HEAD TO HEAD at Sunderland League: Sunderland 33 wins, Birmingham 8, Draws 7 Prem: Sunderland 0 wins, Birmingham 1, Draws 0

Match Prediction:

Sunderland 0-2 Blues

Next Blues Fixture

Millwall Away - Tuesday

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Date:Friday November 25 2005

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