Birmingham City v Burnley
12/3/14 (kick-off 7.45pm)
Birmingham City and Burnley meet at St Andrew’s with both teams competing at the other ends of the Championship table.
The Blues will be desperate to bounce back after a run of four defeats in their last five games has seen drop to eighteenth in the league standings.
Meanwhile, the Clarets will look to build on three straight wins and strengthen their grip on second place.
Last Five Matches:
Birmingham Star Man: Chris Burke
The 30-year-old Glaswegian is now in his third season with the Blues.
Burke possesses a wealth of experience at the Championship level having also spent two years at Cardiff City after he broke through at Rangers.
Arguably Birmingham’s most consistent performer this season, the Scot has four goals and four assists to his name and may have to be watched carefully by the Clarets given his impressive crossing ability.
Last Time Out:
Blackburn Rovers 1-2 Burnley
Blackburn: Robinson – Henley, Hanley, Keane, Spurr – Conway, Lowe, Evans (Taylor 90+2), Varney – Dunn (Feeney 71) – Rhodes.
Subs not used: Eastwood, Kane, Olsson, Williamson.
Burnley: Heaton – Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mee – Kightly (Wallace 68), Marney, Jones, Arfield – Ings, Vokes (Barnes 68).
Subs not used: Cisak, Long, Edgar, Stanislas, Treacy.
Goals: Rhodes 24 – Shackell 73, Ings 79
Attendance: 21,589 (4,500)
Birmingham City 0-2 Queens Park Rangers
Birmingham: Randolph – Spector, Packwood, Robinson – Caddis, Adeyemi, Huws, Ferguson (Blackett 73) – Burke, Žigić (Macheda 58), Ibe (Novak 67).
Subs not used: Doyle, Martin, Lee, Shinnie.
QPR: Green – Onuoha, Dunne, Hill, Assou-Ekotto – Barton, Jenas – Traoré, Morrison (Carroll 87), Hoilett (O’Neil 70) – Doyle (Keane 84).
Subs not used: Murphy, Hughes, Henry, Benayoun.
Goals: Morrison 14, 73
Last meeting at St Andrew’s:
Birmingham City 2-2 Burnley
Birmingham: Butland – Packwood, Davies, Caldwell, Hancox – Hall (Elliott 76), Reilly, Mullins, Morrison (Burke 71), Redmond – Žigić.
Subs not used: Doyle, Pablo, Gomis, Hawker, Delfouneso.
Burnley: Grant – Trippier, Duff, Shackell, Mills – Wallace, Marney (Vokes 90), McCann, Paterson (Treacy 63) – Ings (Bartley 88) – Austin.
Subs not used: Jensen, Long, Edgar, Stanislas.
Goals: Davies 30, Žigić 89 – Ings 66, Wallace 68
Albert Rusnak is back in contention while Tyler Blackett (thigh) faces a late fitness test for Birmingham. Mitch Hancox is definitely out.
Sean Dyche has confirmed he’s got a full squad to pick from.
Stat of the Day:
Sixteen out of Danny Ings’ twenty league goals this season have either given Burnley the lead or have been equalisers.
Sean Dyche: “They’ve had a tough time at home, but that doesn’t mean you can take them for granted and we don’t do that. It’s quite obvious from the way we’ve gone about our business this season and the results we’ve had. This is no different. We’ll be going there focused on what we can achieve and what we have to do to achieve it.”
Lee Clark: “Burnley are a side who never give up. Even when they were 1-0 down to Blackburn at the weekend, you fancied them to come back and they did. I never had it in my mind that they would lose the game. They do the basics well but when they get the ball they can play.”
Referee: Mr James Linington
Midweek’s Championship fixtures
Tuesday 11th March 2014
Barnsley 0-3 Leicester City
Brighton 2-0 QPR
Derby County 0-0 Bolton
Doncaster 2-1 Watford
Middlesbrough 1-1 Nottingham Forest
Yeovil Town 0-1 Ipswich Town
Blackpool 1-0 Millwall
Leeds United 2-4 Reading
Wednesday 12th March 2014
Blackburn v Bournemouth
Charlton v Huddersfield
Wigan Athletic v Sheffield Wed
For an up-to-date Championship table, please CLICK HERE.