Blues Take On Coventry
13th August 2011
After an unlucky start to the season last week, Blues have reformed during the week and are now ready to take on Coventry City at St Andrews on Saturday.
Coventry are trying to recover from a disasterous start to the season after losing their opening day fixture at home to Leicester and then getting dumped out of the Carling Cup by minnows Bury.
Blues will be looking to send the fans home happy after all the trouble in close season and Chris Hughton will be looking to get that all important first win under his belt.
"I think there will be - not only for us but most of the Championship teams - more emphasis and a bit more responsibility in the home games because it is going to be such a tough league this year.
"And we go away from home in the next two league games. So perhaps that puts a little more onus, a little more pressure, on the game.
"We played well at Derby on the opening day but conceded two goals I was disappointed with, and that ultimately cost us the game.
"So we have the opportunity to bounce back."
Birmingham Team News:
Striker Chris Wood is vying to make his first start for Birmingham in the midlands derby with Coventry.
The 19-year-old came off the bench to make his debut in last weekend's opening defeat to Derby but is pushing Adam Rooney for the lone striker's berth.
Manager Chris Hughton continues to be without strikers Marlon King (knee) and Nikola Zigic (groin).
Fellow frontman Cameron Jerome heel is still sidelined and continues to be linked with a move away from Blues, with Bolton the latest club to be linked with the 24-year-old.
Defender Scott Dann was an unused substitute at Derby but is in contention to play despite Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly stepping up their bids to prize him away from St Andrews.
Player to watch: Chris Burke
Had a good one at Derby and is oozing confidence for this game.
Coventry Team News:
Coventry boss Andy Thorn will be without striker Freddy Eastwood once again for the midlands derby at Birmingham.
Eastwood (hamstring) has missed the first two games of the season and continues to be sidelined along with defenders Ben Turner and Jordan Clarke, who are nursing knee problems.
Midfielder Gary Deegan (thigh) is likely to be sidelined once again but Thorn is boosted by the return of skipper Sammy Clingan after he missed the Carling Cup defeat to Bury on Tuesday due to being on international duty with Northern Ireland.
Carl Baker missed the embarrassing loss to the Shakers in midweek and will be out once again as he serves the second of his three-match ban following a red card in the opening-day defeat to Leicester.
Defender Richard Wood (thigh) will also be missing after being forced off at half-time against Bury.
Player to watch: Gary McSheffrey
Old School, can find the net still and always good for setting others up.
Match Facts & Stats
Birmingham have won 19, drawn 13 and lost 14 of 46 league clashes with Coventry.
Coventry did the double over the Blues when they were last in the same division together in 2008/09, while the reverse was the case on the previous occasion in 2006/07.
The clubs last clashed in the fourth round of the FA Cup last season, when Birmingham secured a 3-2 home victory.
Dont see a problem with this one 2-0 Blues
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