Writer: Christopher Handy
Date:Saturday January 11 2014
Saturday 11 January
Birmingham City travel to the Amex Stadium today to take on Brighton. The Blues will be looking to overcome the defensive frailties that have marked a troubled start to the new year.
Lee Clark will be deciding on who his next centre back is going to be. Whoever he chooses will hold the back line with captain Paul Robinson. Birmingham are still on a solid run of form and will be certainly thinking this game can be won.
On the face of things Birmingham can be more confident coming into this clash, Birmingham have 4 wins in their last 6 away games. Brighton have won just twice in their last 6 home games, losing 1 and drawing 3.
Brighton however are pushing to get into the playoff places, however it remains to be seen what trouble the transfer window will bring for them. Liam Bridcutt has handed in a transfer request, hoping to leave for Sunderland.
And striker Ashley Barnes has already signed for Barnsley.
Lee Clark - We have to be really good in terms of our defensive play. We can`t allow them to play through the units from the back, through the middle and onto the strikers.
Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, defender Matt Upson and midfielder Liam Bridcutt have all been declared fit for Brighton after missing their last fixture.
The player on loan from Tottenham is apparently ready for first team action.
It is well worth noting he scored an emphatic 6 goals as a Tottenham X1 took on Charlton
Dan Burn has returned to Fulham, Jesse Lingard and McLean have also had their loans come to an end so Birmingham will be without those three.
Good news though, Mitch Hancox makes the game today having recovered from his knee injury.
Adeyemi, Green, Spector, Murphy, Asante and Eardley all still missing.
Lee Novak has been putting in some good performances of late and as his confidence grows so could his impact.
- Birmingham are the form team away from home in the Championship.
- At St Andrews, earlier this season, Brighton won this fixture 1-0.
- At the Amex Stadium, last season, Chris Burke scored to give Birmingham the 1-0 win.
- Birmingham are unbeaten in their last 10 games.
- Only Barnsley and Charlton have beaten Brighton in their last 14 games.
Birmingham continue to surprise away from home, but today they are on the back of significant loan losses. I'm going for a draw, Blues can give as good as they get, but there will be no room for mistakes.
Birmingham v Bristol Rovers Sat 11 Jan K.O 19:45 (H)
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Date:Saturday January 11 2014
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