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GAMEDAY – Wednesday on a Saturday…
Gary Rowett is looking to continue Birmingham City’s fine start to 2016 with a seventh game unbeaten against Sheffield Wednesday today. Having lost 3-0 on Boxing Day to the Owls at Hillsborough, Blues will be anxious to get their revenge on their top six rivals.
The Owls come into the game on the back of a three game winless streak in all competitions. They lie one place ahead of Blues on goal difference with their only win in their last nine games away from home being on January 2 against Fulham.
Tom Lees and Michael Turner are in contention after injury while winger Aiden McGeady could make his first start having signed on loan from Everton.
Jon Toral should be fit having taken a knock in the match against Bristol City but the game is too soon for David Cotterill and Nicolai Brock-Madsen who are both recovering from hamstring injuries.
Blues may bring in Diego Fabbrini for his first start since signing for the club permanently in place of Toral, with Jacques Maghoma and Will Buckley both also vying for starting slots. Blues are likely to go 4-3-3 again which means David Davis will probably keep his place in midfield.
Blues are going for a fifth straight home league win for the first time since 2003 and for a fourth consecutive clean sheet for the first time since 2006 today.
James Adcock is in charge of this game. He’s been in the middle for 19 games so far this season, showing 47 yellow cards but no reds. His last Blues game was the corresponding game from last season, when Sheffield Wednesday won 2-0 in September 2014. Paul Robinson and David Edgar joined one Wednesday player in the book that day.
One red card (three match suspension served): James Vaughan
8 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
7 Yellow Cards: Stephen Gleeson
5 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis, Jon Toral, Paul Robinson and Paul Caddis
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector, Michael Morrison, James Vaughan and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak, Clayton Donaldson, Andy Shinnie, and Shane Lowry
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
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.
Today Bordesley Labour Club are offering a pie and pint for £4 while all hot drinks are under £1. Live sky sports is on tv while customers can take advantage of free wifi from sky cloud. BLC are now taking subs and new members for the new year. Entertainment on Saturday 13th February is 2 Tone Review Featuring music from The Stranglers, Madness etc. Free entry, all welcome.
Often Partisan has linked up with new BCFC sponsors Sportego to bring to you a new competition with the prize of a signed away shirt. Simply create an account at www.bcfcfantasyfootball.com, pick who you think the best five players will be in today’s game – and the person with the best combination of five players wins. Can you beat my picks?