Birmingham City face huge test at Bristol City

Blues visit Bristol City in the Championship on Tuesday for what could be a pivotal fixture to our hopes of forcing our way into the play-offs.

The 2-2 draw at home to Blackburn Rovers over the weekend left us eighth in the table, six points adrift of the top six.

With the Robins currently in sixth place and having a game in hand on us, anything less than three points at Ashton Gate would cause a blow to the side’s possible play-off hopes.

Changes are reasonably unlikely to the side that started on Saturday, although Kerim Mrabti may replace Jacques Maghoma after impressing as a substitute against Blackburn.

We are priced at 10/3 to win the game and many fans will be tempted into betting with 2019 bet365 bonus offers at what look generous odds.

We have lost our last two matches against the Robins, but had gone 14 games unbeaten against them prior to those defeats.

The side have won five and drawn one of the last seven visits to Ashton Gate, although the most recent trip finished in a 3-1 defeat last April.

Lee Johnson’s side recorded a 1-0 victory in the reverse fixture in early December, with Famara Diedhiou’s second half header proving to be the difference between the two sides.

The Robins will have to cope without Johnson on the touchline against us after he picked up his fourth caution of the season during Saturday’s defeat at Norwich City.

The result ended a 13-game unbeaten run for Johnson’s side in the league and Blues will hope we can capatalise on his enforced absence on Tuesday.

With just 13 games remaining this season, we need to regain the winning thread after picking up just one point from our last two matches.

Tuesday’s game will undoubtedly be difficult and things don’t get much easier during March. Fixtures against Hull City (A), Aston Villa (H), Millwall (H), Preston North End (A), and West Bromwich Albion (A) are all tricky, but a run of good form over the next few weeks could propel Monk’s side towards the play-offs, (notwithstanding potential FFP punishment – I don’t want to go there!)

With the top five teams in the Championship likely to battle for automatic promotion during the rest of the campaign, only one play-off place looks up for grabs.

Bristol City are currently in pole position, but if we can close the gap to three points by winning at Ashton Gate it would give us an excellent chance of bagging the final spot.

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