Doncaster Rovers vs Birmingham City – Preview

Team News

Doncaster are likely to be without defenders Shelton Martis and Pascal Chimbonda who join Brian Stock, Martin Woods and Tommy Spur on the sidelines.

Blues welcome back David Murphy from suspension but Keith Fahey is very doubtful.  Pablo Ibanez joins Stephen Carr and Jonathan Spector on the absentee list as the right back jinx strikes again.

Reverse Fixture

The two teams met at St Andrews in December with Blues coming back from to win 2-1.  Marlon King scored both the Blues goals.

Recent Form

Doncaster are currently bottom of the table with a goal difference of minus thirty.  They have gained only three points from the last six games.  At home they have won only four times and scored only fifteen goals all season.

Outlook

If you’ve read yesterday’s article about the playoff race you’ll know that I’ve put my hat on seventy-three points on being the target.  If we are to get their then we need away wins and one of those needs to come in our next two as there are tougher fixtures ahead.  It’s good then that tonight we get to play the side at the bottom of the table who haven’t won in ages.  That should be easy then, just like it was when we played the other sides in the bottom two Coventry and Portsmouth….Oh hang on.

Games on Friday night (To avoid clashing with horses apparently) are a novelty for us with the only other time I remember being against Derby County in 2007.  We have good experience of Thursday night games so it shouldn’t be too different. It will be nice to be ahead of the pack for a change and a win will take us fourth.  With Middlesbrough playing Brighton we would not drop down to far on Saturday either.  We then play our game in hand on Tuesday night at Burnley.  I feel four points from the two games will be a good return.

Doncaster will be low on confidence so we need to impose ourselves on the game early on.  Against Cardiff on Sunday I thought we sat back too much and played like the away side.  We did look dangerous on the break though so can hopefully do the same tonight.  Having David Murphy back will solve the main problem we had on Sunday namely the lack of support out wide.  Shaking up a tired team is also important at this stage of the season so I’d like to see Zigic and Redmond get a chance.  Doncaster still have a chance to beat relegation so shouldn’t be underestimated although they are suffering with injuries at the back as well.  Despite the good results in January and February our away form is still one of the worst of the top half teams.

Now would be a good time to grind out one of those 1-0 away wins that the top teams do and I’m going to back us to achieve that. My Prediction,

Doncaster Rovers 0 – Blues 1

C’mon you Blue Boys.

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