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GAMEDAY: Brentford at home
The first match of 2016 sees Blues take on Brentford with both teams nicely poised just underneath the playoff picture. Can Blues make it three home wins in a row?
Brentford lie one place above Blues in eighth having a marginally better goal difference record – +3 to Blues’ +2. The Bees won their last away game to Reading, which was their first victory away from home since October 24. They’ve kept two clean sheets in ten games but have only failed to score once in that period.
John Swift is in the Bees squad having extended his loan spell from Chelsea until the end of the season while Jota may remain on the bench.
The big question for Blues is if Dimmy Gray will come in for Viv Solomon-Otabor while rumours swirl around about Gray’s future. Solomon was raw at first in the win over MK Dons but grew as the game went on and it would not be surprising to see the 20-year-old get his second successive start.
Paul Robinson will probably continue in central defence with the veteran insistent he’s worth one more year of playing time.
Graham Scott takes charge of this game. It’s his ninth game of the season, and in that time he’s shown 39 yellow cards. His last Blues game was the 2-0 defeat to QPR in March 2014. Two players – Paul Robinson and Paul Caddis – were booked that game.
7 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis, Jonathan Grounds, Stephen Gleeson and Paul Caddis
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector, Paul Robinson, Jon Toral and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, James Vaughan, Michael Morrison, Clayton Donaldson, Andy Shinnie, Shane Lowry 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