Match Preview – Birmingham City v Blackpool Championship Play Off 2nd Leg   Leave a comment


Birmingham City v Blackpool

Birmingham City and Blackpool are set to do battle again for the right to face West Ham United in the play off final at Wembley stadium on 19th May. Blackpool hold a slender 1 goal advantage from the first leg and they should be bringing a bigger lead to the 2nd leg in all honesty with the amount of ball they had and chances they wasted. So will they rue those missed chances in what could be a wild Wednesday night at St Andrews with a sell out crowd sure to be at their vocal best and loud enough to intimidate any opponent into submission. Birmingham City will need to play a lot better than they did in the first game to ge the desired result in fact they really couldn’t play as bad as they did in that game so if they are to turn things around something that is not beyond the realms of probality the players need put in a performance we know they can. Blackpool will be no pushovers you can be sure that manager Holloway will have his team up for the game but will have a bit of a dilemma to contend with has to whether to go for another to kill the tie off or to sit back and try to defend the 1-0 lead all will  become clearer come 7.45pm.

St Andrews

 

We are in for one hell of a night whoever the winners are and the scene is set for a night game under the floodlights with a sell out crowd bringit on roaring on the teams lets hope for the atmosphere that can only be generated at a packed passionate St Andrews

 

Birmingham City Manager Chris Hughton will have no choice but to go for the win tonight so at least his team selection should be an attacking one with no new injuries to report from friday night’s game. Stephen Carr, Keith Fahey, Steven Caldwell and Boaz Myhill all still remain sidelined but we could see a return to the startng line up for Nikola Zigic alongside Marlon king in a more attacking formation.

“I do have options in the squad and I have already decided my side,” added Hughton.

“It’s about the performance on the day and I know if we play well enough, then we are capable of beating anybody in this division.”

“I don’t think it will be particularly the formation that will win or lose us the game, it will be the performance.”

Blackpool also could have the same squad to choose from with only Ian Evatt picking up a knock but expected to be fit for the return game. Boss Ian Holloway could make a few changes to the starting line up with a more cautious line up after being beaten 3-0 on their last visit to St Andrews but you can be sure he will know what is expected to progress

Goalkeeper Matt Gilks said

“We’re going to St Andrew’s now wanting to win another game, that’s the way we’re looking at it,” he admitted.

“To go down there one in front already is good but we’re not going to lie on that. We’ll go down there with a game plan. If we play like we did in the first leg then we’ve got a great chance.”

Head to Head stats @ Birmingham

Birmingham City  Won 24 … Blackpool  won 11 … Drawn 8.

Possible Teams :

Birmingham City : Doyle, Murphy, Ibanez, Davies, Ramage, Burke, Mutch, Spector, Townsend, Zigic, King

Blackpool : Gilks, Evatt, Eardley, Crainey, Ferguson,Angle, Dobbie, Ince, Phillips(M), Taylor-Fletcher

Referee : Chris Foy

Prediction : Birmingham City 3 … Blackpool 1     

By Blues Brother (Member of  birminghamcityforum.co.uk )

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