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Birmingham vs. Middlesbrough

St Andrews

17-03-2012

3pm

City take on Boro

Blues take on Middlesbrough next in the nPower Championship and if the lads are thinking of grabbing a play off place this season then they really need to get back on form and get something from this one.

But Boro have eyes on a top six place themselves and they will be looking for the win that would consolodate their place in the play off places.

It's all set for a great game.

Vital Quotes:

Chris Hughton - (official site)

'There's no doubt when you're playing a team that's in and around you it has more meaning because it's points they don't get.

'From that aspect it is a big game and I hope it's a big game for us because we've had a difficult time of the late.

'The performance at Leicester wasn't one of our better performances.

'Our performance in perhaps the two home games - Derby and Forest - would have at some stages this season got us wins.

'But I think when things are going against you a little bit and you are not getting the rub of the green as such, that tends to happen'.

Birmingham Team News:

Birmingham will give a late check to full-back David Murphy, he has just returned to training after a hip problem.

Defenders Stephen Carr and Jonathan Spector are sidelined, midfielder Jordon Mutch is banned but striker Nathan Redmond should make a return.

Player to watch: Marlon King

Looks most likely to score of late.

Middlesbrough Team News:

Middlesbrough will give a check to Kevin Thomson, he was rendered unconscious in the home defeat by Leeds.

Barry Robson serves a suspension and Faris Haroun is a doubt.

Player to watch: Marvin Emnes

Knows where the goal is alright, will pose Blues a problem or two.

Match Facts & Stats

Birmingham have won 35 and lost 30 of 93 league matches against Middlesbrough.

The 3-1 home win in the reverse fixture in August was Middlesbrough's fourth victory in five league meetings with the Brummies, and gives them the chance of a second double in six years.

The West Midlands club have been beaten in one of their last 11 league games with 'Boro at St Andrews.

(bbc)

Ref Watch:

Graham Scott

122 yellow cards
nine reds.

First time he has refereed a Blues match.

Match Prediction:

2-2 Draw

Next Fixtures:

Tu 20 Mar 19:45 Portsmouth v Birmingham.

Su 25 Mar 12:00 Birmingham v Cardiff


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