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GAMEDAY: Blues v Derby

Birmingham City face Derby County in their second televised clash in a week tonight at St Andrew’s. Last season Derby thumped Blues 4-0 in what still is Gary Rowett’s heaviest defeat as Blues manager and no doubt Rowett will be looking to do better against his former team this season.

Derby County

Jeff Hendrick and Jamie Hanson have both been ruled out of tonight’s clash having picked up injuries in the first half of their 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough. They join Will Hughes (ACL) and Craig Bryson on the sidelines with head coach Paul Clement admitting injuries are stretching their squad.

The Rams have yet to win a match this season, having drawn all three of their Championship fixtures so far and lost to League Two side Portsmouth 2-1 in the League Cup.

Blues

Michael Morrison and Jon Toral should both be fit for the fixture against Derby having picked up niggles in the closing stages against Burnley which should mean Rowett has an unchanged squad.

Pre-season this looked a tough fixture for Blues but with Derby struggling a little this should be one that they look to “nick a win” in now; although Blues have given away some silly free-kicks they have scored quite freely and the new players Maikel Kieftenbeld and Toral look to have gelled into the team nicely.

Referee

Premier League ref Lee Mason will take charge of this match. This season he’s shown eight yellow cards in his first two games with the last time he reffed a Blues match being the 1-0 win over Reading last season. In that game he booked one player – Jordan Obita.

Suspension Watch

2 Yellow Cards: David Davis
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Clayton Donaldson, Jonathan Spector

Pre-Match

Often Partisan is working in partnership with Bordesley Labour Club this season. They are based ten minutes away from St Andrew’s on Whitmore Road in Small Heath and have welcomed Blues fans over a number of years on match days.

They are open from 12:00 today with a late bar after the match. Carling Cider is priced at £2.50, Carling at £2.65 and there is a special price for Brew 11 at £2:10.

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6 Responses to “GAMEDAY: Blues v Derby”

  • rhees says:

    Come on blues 3 point’s tonight would be great.
    Performance will mean a lot tonight to see how far we have come

  • StaffsBlue says:

    It might be our biggest test yet, but I see no reason why we can’t get 3 points. Having changed their coach, lost the likes of Will Hughes from the side and not got into their stride yet, I don’t think we could have caught them at a better time. If we play the usual team, I’ll go 3-2 Blues.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Time for Dimmi to join the party ..two goal win and top of the league . Lovely jubbly . Kro

  • steve says:

    It certainly wont be a hiding that derby gave us last season tables have turned realy with derby n ourselves even thou its very early in season im going for 2 1 to us

  • Barny Blue says:

    It’s a measure of how far we have come that there was little suprise when we lost comfortably in this fixture last season, but there is optimism for a much more positive result tonight. I fancy us to score a couple but don’t expect to keep a clean sheet: 3-1 to the boys in royal blue!!! KRO!

  • Mitchell says:

    Good timing this signing of Brock. Donaldson and Gray need to play well now. Couldn’t have a better timing with Derby up tonight. Gray is the area that really is crucial.


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