Birmingham City will arrive at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday buoyed by a thumping home victory last weekend, which is in-keeping with the improved form the side has shown under new Manager Gary Rowett.
Since the former Burton Albion Manager (pictured below) took over from ex-Town boss Lee Clark on 27 October, the second city outfit has lost only once in seven games – recording four wins in the process. That form has seen them move up to 15th in the Sky Bet Championship table; two places and one point above the Terriers.
A switch to a 4-2-3-1 formation seems to have done the trick for the Blues, with former Brentford striker Clayton Donaldson supported by Scottish playmaker Andrew Shinnie through the middle. Shinnie was out in the cold under Clark, but his restoration to the starting line-up has been fruitful; he’s grabbed two assists and a goal in the last three games.
Another player hitting the headlines recently is 18 year-old winger Demarai Gray. He netted an impressive hat-trick in last weekend’s 6-1 home victory over Reading and has reportedly been offered a two year contract extension this week.
The form of those attacking players has seen former Town man Lee Novak among the substitutes in recent weeks, but he is one of a few forward options that Rowett can also call upon alongside the likes of powerful ex-Bournemouth man Wes Thomas and the giant Nikola Zigic.
Birmingham’s last line-up (4-2-3-1):
GK Darren Randolph
DL Jonathan Grounds
DC Paul Robinson
DC Michael Morrison
DR Paul Caddis
MC David Davis
MC Stephen Gleeson
AML Demarai Gray
AMC Andrew Shinnie
AMR David Cotterill
S Clayton Donaldson
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