Date:Saturday May 21 2011
White Hart Lane
After a season full of highs and lows, it all boils down to the final 90 minutes of the season which will decide which league Blues play in next season.
It's been said many times before, but if Blues can pull off what would be a brilliant win, then we are safe. If not, we rely on others to slip up so all eyes will be on the pitch at WHL while ears will be tuned into phones, radios and whatever to keep up to date with Wigan and Blackpool.
Best take a spare pair of pants.
Alex McLeish: 'We went to the League Cup final and the odds were stacked against us but we prevailed. Now it's the same this weekend.
'It's a bigger game because of the circumstances and because of what's at stake, it doesn't take rocket science to evaluate that. We accept that.
'It's important we get the players who are the mainstays of the team back in. 'I do think that when the question's been asked of them they've come to the fore when we've really needed it.
'We've not had a lot of luck in getting those players back into form and into the team. That takes its toll on a squad of our stature. Whatever happens, we need to make sure we turn in a performance that merits a Birmingham team.'
Spurs are sweating on the fitness of midfield duo Rafael van der Vaart and Steven Pienaar ahead of Birmingham's visit.
Victory over Birmingham on Sunday would secure fifth spot and a place in the Europa League for Spurs but Van der Vaart and Pienaar could both miss out through injury.
Dutchman Van der Vaart has a calf problem and Pienaar is struggling with a groin complaint, meaning the pair could join William Gallas (hamstring), Gareth Bale (ankle), Jonathan Woodgate (calf) and Bongani Khumalo (foot) on the sidelines for the final game of the season.
Boss Harry Redknapp has a number of injury concerns ahead of the tie with the Blues and Heurelho Gomes, Tom Huddlestone, Wilson Palacios and Ledley King are all listed as doubts.
However, defenders Alan Hutton and Benoit Assou-Ekotto and midfielder Jermaine Jenas have all been passed fit and will be available on Sunday.
If he is fit, he is a nightmare to play against. We might have to sneak extra players on the pitch.
Craig Gardner and Liam Ridgewell are back from suspension and Cameron Jerome could also return for Birmingham at Spurs on Sunday.
Jerome may be available following treatment on a heel injury and although he is yet to train fully, boss Alex McLeish says he has made great progress this week.
The former Cardiff hitman's selfless running and presence was missed in last weekend's disappointing home defeat to Fulham.
Alex Hleb is definitely unavailable after undergoing knee surgery this week and David Bentley is ineligible to play against his parent club.
Martin Jiranek (ankle) and Lee Bowyer (hamstring) will undergo late fitness tests but McLeish will give Keith Fahey Bowyer's midfield berth if the ex-Leeds United and Newcastle player fails to make it.
Jordon Mutch, Nathan Redmond (back from international duty with England U17s) and Akwasi Asante are in contention for substitutes roles but Stuart Parnaby is sidelined with a groin injury.
Great player and if ever we have needed him back in the team and at his best, then it's Sunday.
The facts are we really need to get a lead and hang onto it for dear life.
Referee - Mark Clattenburg
Assistant 1 - Simon Beck
Assistant 2 - Stephen Child
4th Official - Stuart Attwell.
1-0 to the Blues of course.
Date:Saturday May 21 2011
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