Burnley vs Birmingham City – Preview

Jan 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Blues News, Lead Article, Matches

Team News

Charlie Austin could be back for Burnley after missing the last four games with a hamstring injury.

Blues have no new injury worries and will give a late check to Jonathan Spector.

Reverse fixture

The two sides met at St Andrews the weekend before Christmas with Blues using the now trademark late Nikola Zigic equaliser to secure a 2-2 draw.

Recent Form

Burnley have moved up to 8th in recent weeks with three straight wins. At home they have been defeated only three times this season conceding just fourteen goals.

Blues have drawn their last two games and have only one win in the last six.

Outlook

What a week it’s been in football. I’m still trying to decide what was funnier. Timewasting ball boys finally getting their just desserts or Aston Villa failing to get past League Two Bradford. Probably just the Villa especially since they were taunting us after taking the lead. “Birmingham are you listening?”. Yes, we are listening and we’re finding it very funny. At least we won the cup the year we got relegated. I’ve been really enjoying football again but unfortunately the weekend is nearly upon us and we have another Blues game to bring us down to earth with a bump.

Assuming we haven’t sold all the team by kick-off, tomorrow will see us travel to Burnley who have found a bit of form since the new year. They have won their last three games without a goal from Charlie Austin which shows they no longer rely on him so much. They have moved up to eighth and will be targeting three points against us to push on into the playoffs. Depending on who is available I expect Lee Clark to dispense with the ‘No striker’ formation and recall Marlon King and possibly Zigic. Chris Burke may be missing as he is expected to join Mr Mcleish at Forest so maybe Nathan Redmond can finally play on the right which is his best position.

With all the talk of player sales and relegation it’s worth remembering we are still five points clear of the drop zone and are slowly picking up points to get to that fifty point target. We may not need quite that many but getting a couple of wins over the next month would calm the nerves a lot. I don’t expect us to get one tomorrow although Blues often win when you are least expecting them to. With teams around us not playing it would be an opportunity to move up the table but I’m not hopeful as our defence keep shipping poor goals. I’d take a defeat as long as we can put one over a certain ex manager next weekend. Maybe having all the players in the shop window can inspire them to a great performance. Here’s hoping.

My prediction

Burnley 2 Blues 1

C’mon you Blue Boys.

 

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