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Blues vs. Sheffield Wed

St Andrews

Saturday 21 September

15:00 BST

Blues Welcome Owls To St Andrews

It's getting tight at the bottom of the table and these two sides meet on Saturday just above the relegation zone and both on four points.

City have managed a win from their seven games so far and also drew one to make up their four points. Sheffield Wednesday on the other hand have failed to record a win and have four points because of four draws. But they have played a game less.

Dave Jones brings his team to the Midlands and he must fancy his first win of the season after looking at the form of the Blues of late. In the last five league games Lee Clark has seen his side pick up just one point, with Burnley, QPR, Leicester and Brighton all taking the full points.

Sheffield Weds on the other hand, have put together a run of four draws.

Neither of the two managers would like to see their side go down in this game, it will give the other side such a big advantage and go some way to pushing relegation fears to the back burner for a week or two.

Vital Quotes:

Blues have just signed Manchester United youngster Jesse Lingard and manager Lee Clark said: "We will have to use him the right way, but it`s an area where we do have to improve in terms of the goalscoring column and we think he can help us do that - both by making goals and scoring goals.

"Jesse is a very talented footballer, an exciting talent, brought up in the Manchester United way of high work ethic.

"He can play across all the frontline positions - left, right, second striker, up with the main striker.

"I remember talking to Nicky Butt in the summer, when we were both on holiday, and Jesse`s name was very prominent in that conversation. He`s very highly thought of.

"We know how important the game is and bringing Jesse in has given everybody a lift - and I`m sure he can make a contribution to help us win it."

Blues Team News:

Manchester United's Jesse Lingard is now at the club and will make his first start in a Blues shirt against Sheff Weds.

The highly-rated versatile midfielder arrived on a month-long loan deal and he is Blues big hope for this game.

Captain Paul Robinson returns after missing Tuesday's 3-0 defeat at Burnley through suspension, while long-term absentee David Murphy and Akwasi Asante are also available.

Striker Lee Novak is a doubt with a knee problem, while Nikola Zigic is still working on his fitness.

Player to watch: Jesse Lingard

If this lad is highly rated at Manchester United then he is more than capable of shining in Blues current squad.

Sheffield Wed Team News:

Roger Johnson is hoping he recovers from an arm injury so that he can play against his old side on Saturday.

He arrived at Sheffield on a month's loan deal last week, but a training ground accident means that he will have to be assessed ahead of this one.

Captain Anthony Gardner is still out with an Achilles injury, but fellow defender Lewis Buxton is back from a hamstring problem.

Dave Jones has no other injury concerns.

Player to watch: Roger Johnson

Blues old boy will get a good reception from the home fans tomorrow, but he will be looking to get in a good performance to impress his parent club Wolves.

Match Facts & Stats

Birmingham have a 50% winning record in home league matches against Sheffield Wednesday; 20 of 40.

Both these clubs were haunted by the threat of relegation when they met at St Andrews in February and fought out a goalless draw.

Birmingham were the opposition when the Owls secured their club record league win in December 1930, recording a 9-1 top-flight victory at Hillsborough.

Ref Watch:

Keith Hill

196 games, 671 yellow cards, 15 Red.

Match Prediction:

If this lad from United is as good as they say then I reckon we're in for a fair chance of seeing a 2-0 win.

Next Fixtures:

Swansea Home, Reading Away, Millwall Home.




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Date:Friday September 20 2013

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We have a good chance of getting a few points on the board with this game, dont blow it lads 2-1
we8villa
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20/09/2013 16:22:00

Sheff are a bag of bollox anyway we will win this one easily 3-1
bishop basher
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20/09/2013 16:43:00

Ned to win, the more vital games we win early on the easier the end will be.
Chrisblues
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21/09/2013 11:33:00

 

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