Blues will be without long-term absentees Lee Carsley and Garry O’Connor and are expected to name an unchanged side in the hope of showing heart and providing a response to Saturday’s 3-1 away loss against Sunderland. Blackburn are without regular goalkeeper Paul Robinson, with Jason Brown expected to stand in again and Mark Bunn, recently recalled from his loan at Sheffield United, sitting on the bench.
The last meeting between the two clubs was this seasons’ home meeting in December 2009. Birmingham were 2-1 victors that time with a Cameron Jerome brace. The win lifted the Blues to sixth in the table and was part of their fantastic unbeaten run. Birmingham were 2-0 up until Ryan Nelson put one in for Blackburn mid way through the second half. Blues did have the chance to put the game beyond doubt when Chucho had a shot from six yards, but he somehow managed to put it over the bar! The game ended with Birmingham in control, with chances a plenty, and a well deserved three points.
Blackburn Rovers had been on a two match losing streak before playing Chelsea on Sunday. The Lancashire based club had won two on the bounce, both at home, before losing two to Tottenham and Liverpool, 3-1 and 2-1 respectively, before coming back from a goal down to put yet another dent into Chelsea’s title hopes.
Birmingham are just as up and down at the moment having won, lost and drawn in the last three against Portsmouth (A), Everton (H) and Sunderland (A). The latter two were surprise results, with Birmingham coming back from 2-0 down against Everton to grab a home point and struggling to convert the lion’s share of the chances in the 3-1 loss against Sunderland on Saturday.
Blues really need to pick themselves up after a very unfortunate loss away to Sunderland on Saturday. Although we created plenty of chances, enough to win two games according to McLeish, our front line and those supporting failed to convert them. It’s not a new occurrence as it’s been a key issue all season and the failure to add a new front man in January hasn’t helped. Another worrying factor is that in the first twenty minutes of the last two games, we’ve conceded four goals. Whilst McLeish may laugh it off as a blip, you can’t help but wonder if there’s more going on than meets the eye. Once is a blip, but twice in a row is a little disturbing. Alex will have to set the defence right for tomorrow night and ensure that concentration is at an all time high if we’re to keep the game open in the first half.
Blackburn have problems of their own to contend with. Regular shot stopper Paul Robinson picked up an injury in their 3-1 loss away at Tottenham and deputy Jason Brown stepping in. Coming on in the 25th minute of the Spurs game, Brown conceded three goals before a fourth in two games in the home draw against Chelsea.
Most bookies have Blackburn as 2/1 odds on favourites to win, receiving the usual home advantage with Blues as slight outsiders at around 3/1. The draw seems to be a little way away from a Blues win at 3.3/1 so they’re expecting goals and a winner here. Although both clubs have conceded six in the last three games, both teams are creating chances and scoring at the minute, 5 goals in the last 3 for Brum and 3 in 3 for Blackburn and I’d certainly expect that trend to continue on Wednesday. Birmingham, however, are creating far more chances at the moment than Blackburn. A staggering 14 shots on target were put in against Sunderland, and with Brown still settling into the first team, I’d say Blues could just edge it.
A well deserved, but hard fought, 2-1 away win to our beloved Blues.