Blues will give fitness tests to Keith Fahey and Gregory Vignal but I would expect the team to be the same as last week. I can’t see any reason to change it!
Man City are still missing Benjani but will have Pablo Zabaleta available again after substitution. Martin Petrov is a doubt and this game will come too early for Robinho.
Our last meeting took place in March 2008 and ended with a 3-1 victory with two goals by on loan Argentinian Mauro Zarate. Gary McSheffrey also added a dubiously awarded penalty late on. The victory was particularly impressive after taking into account that Blues played an hour with ten men after Franck Quedrue was sent off. In all Premiership games against City at St Andrews Blues have won three and lost two.
Last week’s victory against Sunderland broke a string of three straight defeats for Blues who are now averaging one point a game which if it continues should keep us up.
Man City walloped Scunthorpe in the Carling Cup midweek but their form in the Premier League has not been as impressive as they would have liked. They have won only two of their last six games drawing the last three. They have won two and drawn two of their five games this season, the only defeat coming in the twenty-seventh minute of injury time at Old Trafford.
At the beginning of the season I would have considered this as one of the games that we should not expect to get anything from. Man City are after all the leagues big spenders who will be looking to break into the top four this season. They have an array of attacking talent and have also spent big on two new central defenders and one of the league’s best goalkeepers. However they are not exactly setting the league alight are they. In their last few games they have failed to beat Fulham and Wigan and their expensive new defence has failed to keep a clean sheet since August. They appear to struggle particularly away from home so I think that we should go in with the attitude that if we get at them there are points to be gained.
On the other hand if we are too positive we could get picked off on the break with the pace of Bellamy and Wright-Phillips. McLeish could take the cautious approach and put another body in midfield but I think that would be a mistake. We’ve got nothing to lose in this fixture so let’s go for it. After all it’s more fun to lose 4-3 than 1-0. Let’s put on a show for the Sky cameras.
My prediction. 1-1.