Charlton vs Birmingham Preview

Team News

Blues will be missing Lee Carsley as he starts his three match ban.  Who comes in for him will have a strong bearing on the type of match we are likely to see.  Damien Johnson would be a like for like replacement but a more attacking option would be to move Fahey inside and bring Bouazza back on the left wing.  Franck Quedrue is the only new injury worry so Alex McLeish will have a lot of options.

Charlton are missing Johnathan Fortune, Jose Semedo and Andy Gray so I would expect them to play much the same team that beat Southampton.  Definite to start is leading scorer Nicky Bailey who has recently been linked with a move to Blues.

Last Meeting

The reverse fixture took place in November where Blues came from behind to win mainly due to some shocking goalkeeping by Charlton’s Nicky Weaver.  In fact most of the goals were avoidable especially Charlton’s two the first coming from our very own Hameur Bouazza who was then on loan at The Valley.  McFadden did produce the one moment of class, curling a twenty yard shot inside the far post for the opening goal.

Recent Form

Blues are unbeaten since 1st March and have won four out of their last six.  However away from home they have only won one out of six.  Confidence is high though after the excellent win on Monday night.

Charlton are bottom of the league and have only secured five points from their last six games.  They are coming of the back of a good win themselves and have done well recently against promotion chasing teams.

Outlook

After beating the team at the top of the table wouldn’t it just be typical Blues to go and lose to the team at the bottom.  This will not be an easy game and I hope they go into it with the same attitude as they did against Wolves.  If they do they should come away with all three points.  There is also the chance that we may go into this game having dropped out of automatic promotion places which will add extra pressure.  Charlton cannot be relegated tomorrow which I think is good for us because while they will still be fighting being in last chance saloon may have given them extra impetus.  To be promoted I believe that we need another 10 points and six over Easter will be a good start to that.

I predict a far from comfortable afternoon ending with a narrow 2-1 victory to Blues.

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