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GAMEDAY – Brighton Away

Birmingham City travel to the south coast to take on Brighton and Hove Albion hoping to bounce back from defeat last weekend.

Brighton

Chris Hughton’s Seagulls remain the only team in the league to still be unbeaten going into the game, although they have fallen to third place in the table having drawn three of their last four games.

Brighton could give debuts to transfer deadline day loanees James Wilson (Manchester United) and Rajiv Van la Parra (Wolves). Uwe Hunemeier and Inigo Calderon both face late fitness tests.

Blues

Blues could also give debuts to two new players having brought in James Vaughan (Huddersfield) and Greg Halford (Rotherham) on loan although it is likely both will start on the bench. Clayton Donaldson, David Cotterill and Paul Robinson are all out for a few weeks which means Nicolai Brock-Madsen is likely to continue up front.

This match could be a good test for Blues – they have the best away form in the division and in facing the only unbeaten team it could be that they are the ones to take the record away from Brighton. They will need to be less profligate in front of goal however having failed to score any chances past Charlton.

Ref

Gavin Ward takes charge of the game. He’s been in the middle for 13 games so far this season, showing 41 yellow cards and one red. He’s not taken charge of a Blues game for two years with his last match being the 3-1 away win over Huddersfield in November 2013. In that game he booked three players including Mitch Hancox and sent off Kyle Bartley for a second bookable offence.

Suspension Watch

4 Yellow Cards: David Davis
3 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld, Jonathan Grounds, Paul Caddis and David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jon Toral and Stephen Gleeson.
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Michael Morrison, Paul Robinson, Clayton Donaldson, Jonathan Spector, Andy Shinnie and Demarai Gray.
The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is April 9, 2016

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52 Responses to “GAMEDAY – Brighton Away”

  • DoctorD says:

    Brighton 4 Blues 0. I see a heavy defeat on the cards. Sorry everyone.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Halford not making the trip.

    I see no reason why we can’t get at least a draw today. I watched the live Burnley v Brighton game last week and was less than impressed. The hardest part will be getting past Gordon Greer and Lewis Dunk. Three out of the four Brighton defenders finished the game with bookings. Our striker could get proper beaten up this afternoon. For this reason, I’d go with James Vaughan, he’ll know them better than Brock-Madsen. Other than that, I’d play the same team as last week.

  • Jaffa says:

    DoctorD have some faith FFS.We have nothing to fear. We are a good side and hard to beat.

  • Mineheadblue says:

    Well, they haven’t lost yet so it would be tough if we were at full strength. Having said that, under GR Blues have frequently surprised me in the way the have bounced back after a poor result or two. I’m looking forward to this one and hope I’m smiling at 5.00pm. KRO

  • Waycoolblue says:

    Last week we was the better team! we did not take our chances and conceded a silly coal witch is why we lost If we play that way but this time take our chances we will do well. Brighton will push up. Their defence is not so good its all about the midfield and balls in to the box we need to limit them balls and counter them though the middle this is a good game for Toral don’t think its good for wingers so we need them cutting inside witch will suit Gray. KRO

  • Dave Mann says:

    We’re away from home .. It will be different . Kro

  • myanmarblue says:

    Dan, you have Davis on 4 yellows, the Mail have him on 3.If you’re right and he gets a yellow today, we lose him for a game.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Davis left out for Kieftenbeld. We’ve looked more solid since Davis has been back. Vaughan on the bench.

    • Hillfield Blues says:

      I’m a Keiftenbild fan although he lost some form before his layoff.Hopefully the rest will have done him some good.Feel for Davis though.

    • BhamCityJulian says:

      Kieftenbeld is classy and composed; Davis is reactionary

  • tonyd says:

    Davis is on 4 yellow cards (not 3 as stated in the Mail). Another today would see him getting a one game ban. Not surprised he’s not starting.

  • Dorsetblue says:

    I expect them to be all over us for the first 30 minutes.Then I fancy a goal for us just before half time.

    Final score 2-2.

  • zxcv says:

    We put up a good performance as expected tried our best, but as also expected Brighton were the better team and deserved their win. We are still 6th I think and that is a massive improvement to where we were this time last season. Oh for the window to open and some decent defenders to come in please.

  • Dave Mann says:

    As always mate your right . :-) kro

  • Bluesfan says:

    I was talking to a friend that was at the Brighton game today and he said blues fans were saying Gary Rowett will be gone by the end of next week to QPR hope it’s rubbish but you never know.

  • Mitchell says:

    It takes a number of games for the penny to drop with me. Each week I like other fans wrack my brain trying to work out our best defence-midfield -attack etc. it is an everyday happening. After the game yesterday it came to me clearly that whoever plays for example in the midfield areas Davis,MK,Gleeson, or Toral,Shinnie as a No. 10. — it is irrelevant. Our players are good and honest bunch who are very much alike in playing ability. It therefore makes little difference torturing ourselves as to who is better than who. Yesterday,we were second best and a lot of teams would have come off conceding quite a few goals. Our boys give 100% and until times change the effort they give should steer us clear of trouble.- no more and no less.

  • Dave Mann says:

    They were better than us and deserved there win but we weren’t to bad neither and had them camped in there own half for most of he last 15 mins and could have sneaked a draw though as I said it would have been injustice but it’s happened to us many times .. No shame at all in our performance and the result and were better than mid table , I still believe we can get that 6th and winnable games at Preston and hopefully a change of home results starting with Huddersfield will keep us up there .. Keep the faith , I certainly will ….the vile are going down !!!! Kro

    • Mitchell says:

      Yes I have to say the Vile results just get better don’t they? 5pts from 14 games fantastic. With Soton/Arsenal next two games- Xmas looking good.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Talking on the way back from Brighton we looked at the vile situation ..,5pts from 14 games .. It means they wil need propably 33 points from 24 games to have any chance of staying up …9wins 6 draws ?? .. THERE DOWN.. But!!! Kro

    • Tony says:

      Best of all it was Deney who scored the goal that will probably condemn them to relegation.

    • Tony says:

      Dave what did you think of Vaughan?.

      • Dave Mann says:

        Not to bad at all Tony , looked bright , bubbly , pacey and we had our best spell on that last 20 mins so the signs are good , Brighton knock the ball around nicely but we battled and could have snatched a draw at the end but loosing 2-1 tho them from what I saw is not to depressing and were still 6th with two winnable games coming up so top six is still on for me , we did OK yesterday and Ime still optemistic . Kro

  • Mitchell says:

    Interesting to hear Neil Lenon on his frustration in not signing Vaughan. He was number one target and pinned his hopes on him. Vaughan apparently was target for Blackburn and Wigan. Perhaps an extension is on the cards to see exactly what we have. At the moment I liken him to Marcus Bent.

  • Shirley Blue says:

    Why liken him to Marcus Bent? Vaughan is a Blues fan who I am sure would love to think he could do well enough on loan to make it a permanent deal. He has a decent record at Championship level, he is the right age and is the type of player we are looking for – someone to play off Donaldson to give us some options up front.
    I wasn’t surprised we lost yesterday but from what I saw on the highlights last night we gave it a decent go. It’s not a must win yet against Huddersfield but a win would get us back on track. For me the current top 5 will finish as the top 5 but below that the other teams are being as inconsistent as we are which is why we have hung onto 6th despite the mediocre form recently.
    Even if we don’t make the play offs I am taking ever increasing pleasure from seeing the Vile slowly but surely getting cut adrift at the bottom of the Premier League. Well done to Troy Deeley scoring at the Holte End yesterday to seal the win – every Blues’ fans dream.

  • Dave Mann says:

    Yeah great wasent it :-) kro

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I was just glad we sorted ourselves out a bit after their second goal, because I feared a bit of a pasting at one point… they were slicing through us so easily. But, we made a decent fight of it towards the end, which is what we do. It’s just a shame that individual errors cost us again.

    Mr Rowett really does need to work on the defensive duties of both Caddis and Grounds. Both of them rarely stop crosses coming into the box, which is their main job in reality. We’ve only kept 5 cleans sheets all season, so we’re odds on to concede at least one goal every game.. and it doesn’t help when the full backs are allowing the opposition to cross at will. We’re not good in the air at the back, which means we’ll concede eventually. That leaves the onus on the front 4 to score at least two every game. It’s a tough ask.

    I felt before the game, that Davis should have started and thought we were a bit tougher and more energised again after he came on. He was very unlucky not to equalise towards the end.

    So, onto Huddersfield we go. It’s important that we get 3 points, now that the pack has caught up with us. Time to be brave and go for it.

  • Dave Mann says:

    It’s just nice to know that the vile fans are feeling a lot worse than us at the moment , altogether now .. Ahhhhhhh..:-) :-) kro

  • Dave Mann says:

    I was saying this coming back from Brighton staffs .. ” there get out of it they always do ” but my mate bet me £500 that there go down , did I take the bet ? Well there gonna need 33 points or so from 24 games to have any chance so you would say that my mates in the box seat wouldn’t you ? Did I take the bet ? It’s tempting but what do you think guys ??? Kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      There’s no way on this planet that I’d bet on the villa to go down. We’ve all thought it the last 2 seasons and they’ve stayed up against the odds. I’m not telling you what to do Dave, but me personally, I wouldn’t. If it was a tenner, yeah, not much to lose… but £500? You’re a braver man than me lol

    • Mitchell says:

      I am like you Dave. Wouldn’t put it past them to beat Soton 1-0 and Arsenal 1-0. To be honest, Villa being relegated would be just as sweet as us getting promo. How sad is that!

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I know it looks dire for them atm, but they’re only 7 points behind the rest.. that’s just 2 wins and a draw to catch up… with the transfer window opening in a month. With 24 games to do it, you’d have to be mad to bet on them going down. Just my opinion of course.

      • Shirley Blue says:

        I said Villa, Bournemouth and Norwich would go down before the season started and I am sticking with that. Big Sam will get Sunderland out of it. Newcastle are the ones who could ruin my bet. Villa lost their four best players in the summer and no team can cope with that.

        • StaffsBlue says:

          I think the Newcastle situation depends on whether McLaren lasts the season. One thing he needs to do, is bring in some British players into the backbone of the team. The team I watched on MOTD completely lacked bottle. The foreign players have all the flair in the world when things are going well, but a lot of them don’t have the stomach for a relegation battle.

          I agree with Bournemouth and Norwich, but still think the vile will somehow save themselves again. A lot depends on if Watford can keep it up and I don’t think Swansea or West Brom can relax either.

    • Tony says:

      Well iv had £200 on them going down

  • Dave Mann says:

    I remember the baggies in 2004/5 season being the only team to be bottom at xmas and then stay up .. The vile would have taken set new records now to stay up with the lowest total EVER after 14 games .. But I’ve got a sneaky feeling . A depressing feeling that they might just do it , but then again I can’t see them getting out of trouble ..kro

    • StaffsBlue says:

      We’ll just have to suck it and see lol. If I had to put my 5p on it, I bet on them getting out of it… again!

  • Dave Mann says:

    Toss of a coin mate . Kro

  • Mitchell says:

    Reason that we dare not dream of them dropping is because ‘we cannot believe our dream will come true’. Even if they needed ten straight wins to survive!!

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I’ve just seen on one of the forums, some confusion over Brighton’s disallowed goal. From what I could see, I felt it was nothing to do with Kusczcak being fouled.. but that there was a Brighton player with both hands on Spector’s shoulders, preventing him from a) jumping for the cross and b) moving to clear the loose ball. For me, the goal was disallowed for a foul on Spector.

    Anyone else have an opinion on it?

  • Hillfield Blues says:

    A few interesting stats for you.Only 3 other teams have been on 5 points after 14 games in premier league history;
    QPR 13/14 Total 30 points.Finished bottom
    Sunderland 05/06 Total 15 points.Finished bottom
    Swindon 93/94 Total 25 points Finished bottom.
    Derby County hold the record for the lowest ever total on 11 points yet were in more than 5 points after 14 games.

    • StaffsBlue says:

      I don’t really expect villa to get anything from Southampton and Arsenal (though you never know) but then they have Newcastle, West Ham, Norwich and Sunderland. All winnable games. Then the transfer window opens.

      • Mitchell says:

        Staffs. I want you to sleep soundly tonight- this will help. Much better than any pills. Final Prem. Relegation platings:- Bournemouth 29 pts
        Newcastle. 29 pts
        A.Villa. 27pts.

      • Hillfield Blues says:

        Watford at home was winnable Staffs.I think we’re all just used to them getting away with it but it’s a long way back from there.

  • zxcv says:

    Villa are dead and buried, finished, more chance of Lord Lucan being found. Mitchell you are being very generous giving them 27 pts. I hear they have taken just 2 pts from the last 39. Staffs you have to be on a wined up.


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