City to Win – But Which One? Birmingham City v Bristol City Match Preview

It’s been an age since our last article, the game against the Villa feeling like months ago!  Even the Huddersfield draw was 10 days ago as I type!

Since the Burton bashing, we’ve steadied the ship and collected two points in draws against the dungheap and the Terriers.   Time to get back to winning ways methinks…

Preferred keeper at this stage?  According to the stats, it’s now Kuszczak…just!  Defence?  Grounds, Shotton, Spector and Morrison.  Midfield? Maghoma, Davis, Kieftenbeld and Cotterill with an attack of Donaldson and Adams.  Jutkiewicz is really putting his case for a permanent signing forward, isn’t he?  Mind you, if it’s a £2m signing, I wonder if GR will look elsewhere, as that’s a lot of money for our team lacking in prima-donnas…

Our results are totally brought about off the back of a consistent defence.  The loss of Wiggins hasn’t helped, but the international break has meant Caddis has crept that bit closer to fitness, should the need arise…and Cogley is that bit more ready surely!?

Bristol City, the Robins, are expected to bring 1400 fans to St Andrews, so we look forward to welcoming you guys!  I hope you find the toilets in good repair, following the visit of our less polite Brummie neighbours!  The other …City are a point and two places behind us, though they’re a goal to the good in terms of goal difference, sitting as they do on +4.  They’re presently in 9th, winless in two, but having achieved a good string of wins in September and October against Fulham (once in the league, once in the EFL cup), Leeds and Forest.  They also beat Blackburn at home in October.

Not a single player in their squad used to line up for us, so we should all feel that much braver at predicting a Blues win, but Tammy Abraham has 12 goals to his name so we’ll have to be careful with his goal threat…that said, he did feature in England U21’s recent defeat to France, so perhaps he’ll be too tired to face the other Les Bleus…

I’m going to predict a confident 2-0 win as we try to regain our top six placing.  Goals from Donaldson and Jutkiewicz will hopefully build on our 4-2 aggregate win over them last season (we drew 0-0 away)…

Win this and we we could rise to fourth. If we lose, we could drop as low as twelfth.  All the more incentive, if it were needed, to get three points in the bag.

Enjoy the Match and Keep Right On!

Russell Dempsey

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