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Sheff Wednesday vs. Blues


Saturday, 15 March


Blues Off To The Steel City

Birmingham City take on Sheffield Wednesday this weekend hoping to produce the sort of form that saw them fight for a draw against Burnley on Wednesday night.

Blues came from behind three times against the Clarets in a game in which they just would not admit defeat, grabbing the final goal of the game some way into time added on.

But while City were picking up a point, Sheffield Wednesday who sit two places and one point above Blues were going down to their second defeat on the bounce when they lost 1-0 at Wigan Athletic.

The Owls had been doing quite well at one time and were looking an outside bet to reach the play-offs, but since they have lost Connor Wickham who was on-loan from Sunderland, they haven`t been scoring as many.

When the two sides met at St Andrews in September the game will be remembered for not only Blues scoring four, it was debut boy Jessie Lingard who got all Blues' goals in a 4-1 victory.

A repeat of that scoreline would go down rather well for Blues at the moment.

Vital Quotes:

Lee Clark:"I don`t think much has got to change away from home.

"Even though we lost the last one against Ipswich, we made an error for their chance, we missed an absolute sitter, very similar to the goal Ipswich scored.

"So our performance warranted something there.

"Our performances away from home, the mentality and the game-plan, will stay the same.

"But at home, this Burnley game has to be the catalyst, this has to be the type of performance that we go with from now until the end of the season."

Sheff Wednesday Team News:

Sheffield Wednesday winger Jacques Maghoma will miss this game after damaging knee ligaments in the game against Wigan in midweek. He joins an extensive injury list.

The loan spells of Sam Hutchinson, Leon Best, Gary Gardner and Adedeji Oshilaja have all expired.

Player to watch: Chris Maguire:

Went on loan to Coventry earlier in the season and found his goalscoring touch, now he is without a goal in seven games but is looking to get back onto the scorers chart.

Blues Team News:

Birmingham have no fresh injury worries - on-loan Manchester City midfielder Albert Rusnak is back after suffering a groin injury and may be included.

Callum Reilly is back in training after recovering from a knee injury, but will miss out on this game.

Player to watch: Federico Macheda:

The Italian is back amongst the goals again after a confidence boosting brace against Burnley which included a late, late winner.

Match Facts & Stats

Birmingham won the earlier meeting 4-1 at St. Andrew's in September.

Sheffield Wednesday have won only one of the last 10 meetings in all competitions. Their only win since 2001 was 3-2 at home last season.

Sheffield Wednesday have won only one of the last four meetings at Hillsborough.

Ref Watch:

Referee - Stephen Martin.

Assistants - Paul Curry and Simon Mather.

Fourth Official - Gary Hilton.

Match Prediction:

Got a good feeling about this one, I'll go for 2-1 City.

Other Championship Games:

Sat 15 Mar 2014

Bolton v Brighton
Bournemouth v Middlesbrough
Burnley v Leeds
Huddersfield v Blackburn
Ipswich v Wigan
Leicester v Blackpool
Millwall v Charlton
Nottm Forest v Doncaster
QPR v Yeovil
Reading v Derby
Watford v Barnsley

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Date:Friday March 14 2014

Time: 3:59PM

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A win would go down very nice indeed. COYB!!!!!
Monk St Blue
looking forward to a cracking game..

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