Match Preview – Birmingham City vs Derby County   Leave a comment


Blues vs Derby - NPower Championship Saturday 03rd March - at St Andrews -

Birmingham City will lock horns with Derby County on Saturday at St Andrews with the Blues hoping to get back on the winning trail against their Midlands rivals after being beaten for the first time in 16 games against Nottingham Forest last weekend .

Derby manager Nigel Clough has a different kind of problem with his team coming into this off the back of a terrible run of form which as seen them only take 2 points from a possible 18 in their last 6 league games dropping them from the brink off the play off’s to 15th place and with a defeat to Premier League Stoke City in between making it 7 without a win.

Chris Hughton will nearly have a full squad to choose from with only Stephen Carr out with injury and will also be able to add all the new loan signing’s Huseklepp, Townsend, Folan and Ramage to the squad. For the first time this season it will give Hughton a bit of a selection poser ahead of the game.

Hughton commented “What we’ve got at the moment are players that have come in and are desperate to do well here and that will help us.”

The Rams Boss Nigel Clough has John Brayford out through injury and will decide between Naylor or Green for the vacant right back spot otherwise it looks likely he will stick with same starting line up he went with in their last game a 1-0 defeat at home to Leicester City.

Clough said “Birmingham have been on a terrific run recently, 15 games unbeaten I think it was, before losing at home to Nottingham Forest last week.
“Hopefully that has dented their confidence a bit. Forest went there not on the best of runs and we haven’t scored for a while so hopefully we can go there and have a go at them as well.”

Stats head to head : @ Birmingham …

Birmingham won 27 … Derby won 12 … Drawn 11

Possible Teams :

Birmingham City : Myhill, Ramage, Caldwell, Davies, Murphy, Burke, Fahey, N’daw, Townsend, King, Huseklepp

Derby County : Fielding, Green, Shackell, Barker, Roberts; Hendrick, Carroll, Bryson, Ward, Ball, Tyson

Referee : Paul Tierney

Prediction : Birmingham City 3 Derby County 0

   

  By hootie63 (Member of birminghamcityforum.co.uk).

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