Birmingham City v West Ham United Preview

I still can’t believe we are where we are in the league! If you had been discussing possible positions in December back before the season started, I guess most of us would have though the two clubs would be the other way round in the league.

While we have had a great start to the season, the Hammers have had a poor one. They have only won 3 games this season and only 1 away. That was at Wolves first game of the season. They are also conceding goals, looking at their most recent games, conceding 2 goals in most of them.

To be fair, they look threatening going forward, but while they are shipping goals – they look as if they can get beat. Their last game was a 4-0 thumping by Manchester United, so I’m sure they will be looking to put that right and they probably feel they could get something against us.

We, however, seem to be growing in confidence week by week. Last weekend we were able to pick ourselves up and turn on a tremendous second half performance at Wigan, giving us 3 points and lifting us to 8th in the table before Sunday’s results.

Our defence seem to know what they are doing, and are getting support from the midfield – resulting in a superb defensive record that only Chelsea and Manchester United can beat! We are also keeping clean sheets, and that is a superb foundation to build a performance and a run on.

What of our head to heads. Well I must admit I had to look this up – but it appears that West Ham actually have a really good record against us. We have failed to beat them in our last 5 league meetings. We have also failed to beat them at home in the last 6 meetings.

Putting that to one side, you have to say that this time we have a very good chance to put that right. The thing is – we support the Blues, and they are often unpredictable. So I’m not sure, (call it a hunch), that we’ll get our 4th successive win.

Team news for both sides. West Ham are waiting on the fitness of Zavon Hines and Luis Jimenez, but Carlton Cole is out. Robert Green should return after his recent substitution.

The Blues are expected to be unchanged.

Prediction 1-1

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As an extra, the legend that is Kenny Burns will be in the club shop from 09.30 on saturday signing his new book – “No Ifs or Butts!” So if you want to grab a special Christmas present, and meet a legend – you can do so on Saturday.

I had the privilege of chatting to Kenny this week, and there will be a special article here on Joys and Sorrows early next week. Keep a look out for that!

Kev

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