Liam Ridgwell has joined the list of absentees after breaking his leg against Plymouth. Maik Taylor will also be missing after his sending off by the YTS referee who was in charge of our game on Monday so Colin Doyle will get a rare start.
Watford look likely to be missing strikers Tamas Priskin and Gregorz Rasiak but ex-blues left back Matt Sadler should start.
Blues won 3-2 at home in early December despite going behind to an early goal. Quick replies from Phillips and Bent gave Blues a half time lead before a great strike from Cameron Jerome made the game safe. Blues being Blues of course had to concede an 89th minute goal to make the last few minutes uncomfortable to those of us watching. This game was mostly memorable for a rare quality Marcus Bent performance.
Watford have only won one of their last six matches and have not won at home since beating Nottingham Forest on 10th March. Before that however their home form was their strength, accounting for 36 of their 52 points so far.
Blues are unbeaten since another YTS ref gave Sheffield United a 2-1 win on March 1st. Too many draws since then have stopped us stretching the gap to third which now stands at only one point. Away from home we have still only won one game since the turn of the year. Goal scoring remains a problem.
It’s crunch time, or squeaky bum time if you prefer. I believe Blues will need seven more points for promotion but who wants to be going into the Reading game needing a win. Therefore it’s imperative that we pull out all the stops to win tomorrow. Watford are relatively safe so won’t offer the same problem as Charlton did but I’m not yet confident that McLeish has found a system for playing away from home. Last week’s 4-5-1 formation didn’t work at all. With that in mind I’ve no idea what will happen tomorrow. We have the players and the incentive to win but will it be yet another all huff and puff but no quality performance ending in yet another draw.
I’m almost scared to make a prediction so as I’m nearly always wrong I’ll go for
Watford 0 Birmingham City 0.
At least it’s only a short drive home if we do end up drawing a blank.