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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
15:00 26th April 2017
By  Josh Shelton

MATCH PREVIEW: BIRMINGHAM CITY (A)

Huddersfield Town will travel to St. Andrew’s Stadium on Saturday 29 April 2017 for a Sky Bet Championship fixture against Birmingham City at 3pm.

The Terriers confirmed a Play-Off spot with a 1-0 win away at Wolves on Tuesday evening thanks to a superb strike from Izzy Brown.

The Opposition

This fixture will be Harry Redknapp’s (below) first home game in charge following the resignation of Gianfranco Zola and the Blues’ final game at St. Andrew’s this season.

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The former Portsmouth, Southampton and Tottenham Hotspur boss took over from the Italian on 18 April with three games left to play.

In Redknapp’s first game in charge his side lost 1-0 to fierce West Midlands rivals Aston Villa after a late winner from Gabby Agbonlahor.

The Blues currently sit in 21st place, just two points above the relegation places with two games remaining.

Birmingham City struggled under the guidance of Zola winning just two matches since the turn of year. The Italian took over from Gary Rowett on 15 December 2016 with the Blues sitting in seventh place.

The West Midlands Club comes into the match without a win in its last 10 matches and hasn’t won at St. Andrew’s since its 1-0 win over Fulham on 4 April 2017.

Birmingham City’s Players to Watch

Former Middlesbrough and Burnley striker Lukas Jutkiewicz (below) currently leads the Club’s top scorers tally with 12 goals in all competitions. The forward made his loan move from Burnley permanent in the January transfer window and will provide aerial support for the Blues attack.

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Youngster Che Adams has been one of the bright sparks for Birmingham City this season. The 20 year-old was signed by former manager Gary Rowett in the summer transfer window and has slotted nicely into the Blues attack. Adams is a skilful forward who has been used on the right side of the Blues attacking midfield and has popped up with six goals so far this season.

Left-back Jonathan Grounds has been a mainstay in the Birmingham City defence all season. The 29 year-old has made 43 appearances for the Blues in all competitions this campaign.

Now in his third season at St. Andrew’s, Grounds has been one of the first names on the teamsheet for the Club. The full-back has been a regular since his move from Oldham, playing in over 120 league appearances since his transfer in 2014.

Birmingham City’s January Transfers

It was a busy January transfer window for the Blues, with the Club making eight First Team signing.

Amongst these was the return of Craig Gardner (below). The midfielder re-joined the Club on loan from West Bromwich Albion on 11 January, adding more depth into the Blues squad. Previously, Gardner was a key figure in Birmingham City’s League Cup winning side.

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Turkish international Karim Frei joined the Blues for a reported fee of £2 million from Beşiktaş. Frei brings with him Premier League experience from Fulham and scored his first goal for the Club with a 20-yard free-kick against Rotherham United.

Emilio Nsue signed from Middlesbrough for an undisclosed fee on 18 January. The wing back played a vital role in securing Boro’s promotion to the Premier League last season; Nsue has so far made 18 appearances for the Blues.

Also joining the Club in January was Cheick Keita from Serie B side Virtus Entella along with loan deals for Jerome Sinclair and Kyrstian Bielik from Watford and Arsenal respectively.

Birmingham City’s Last League Line-up (4-2-3-1)

GK: Tomasz Kuszczak

LB: Jonathan Grounds
CB: Paul Robinson (c)
CB: Ryan Shotton
RB: Emilio Nsue

CDM: Craig Gardener
CDM: Maikel Kieftenbeld

LAM: Jacques Maghoma
CAM: David Davis
RAM: Che Adams

ST: Lukas Jutkiewicz

Birmingham City Team News

Striker Clayton Donaldson and defender Michael Morrison have both been ruled out of the match after suffering knee and groin injuries respectively.

Captain and defender Paul Robinson has been charged by the FA with alleged violent conduct following the Club’s defeat to Aston Villa.

Huddersfield Town Team News

Jon Gorenc Stanković (knee) and Kasey Palmer (hamstring) will both miss out for Town’s trip to St. Andrew’s.

Tommy Smith could return for Huddersfield Town after missing the Wolves win with a dead leg, whilst Elias Kachunga is still a doubt with a calf problem.

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Tickets

There will be no pay on the day for Huddersfield Town fans for Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game at St. Andrew's.

Town fans can purchase tickets from Town’s Ticket Office until 3pm on Friday 28 April 2017.

For more information on Birmingham City tickets, please click here!