Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers – Preview

May 3rd, 2013 | By | Category: Blues News, Lead Article, Matches

Team News

Mitch Hancox will miss out after breaking his hand in training.

Blues old boys David Dunn and Scot Dann could both feature for Rovers.

Reverse Fixture

The sides drew 1-1 back in November after Marlon King equalised an early Blackburn penalty.

Recent Form

Blues are tenth with two wins, two draws and two defeats from their last six games. The win against Leeds was only the third at home in 2013.

Blackburn are seventeenth but a win tomorrow would see them finishing above us. They have won three of their last five games but have only recorded four away wins all season.

Outlook

So it’s the last game of the season and for a change we won’t be having to constantly check the other results to see if we are going up or down. Our best case scenario is only a ninth place finish and a defeat will most likely not push us further down than fourteenth. After the first three months of our season a worst case scenario of fourteenth looked like an impossible dream but 2013 has not been a bad year so far. Now that Carson Yeung’s trial had finally started there is the hope that our boardroom mess could finally get sorted. Of course we will be interested in some of the results particularly the Wolves game which may bring the biggest cheer of the afternoon.

Blackburn on the other hand would not have expected to be where they are with one game to go. They could still technically go down but we would have to beat them by about fifteen for that to happen. A lot of their poor season can be attributed to their board and the decisions they have made particularly around their treatment of managers. When will owners realise that stability is the key to progressing as a football club, there really are so many bad owners around at the moment including of course ours. The club should be commended though for providing my favourite comedy moment of last season when the chicken was released and had to be captured by Yakubu and the Wigan goalkeeper. That had me in stitches.

After last week’s disappointing performance I expect Lee Clark to make changes and probably give as many youngsters as possible a chance in front of the home crowd. Mitch Hancox will be very disappointed to miss out and this will weaken our team as it will probably mean Paul Robinson having to move out of the centre where he has done well in recent weeks. Steven Caldwell will most likely fill in at centre back in what may well be his last game for the club. There are others we won’t be seeing next season who will be waving goodbye at the end of the game. I really hope that everyone can stay for the lap of appreciation as the team do deserve it especially the younger players. Please make a point of staying back even if the result doesn’t go our way. There’s also an U18 game afterwards for those who fancy watching the next generation.

The last five meetings between the sides at St Andrews have finished 2-1, 2-1, 4-1, 2-1 and 2-1 so I’ll play safe on my prediction

Blues 2 Blackburn 1

C’mon you Blue Boys.

 

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