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Goals, Goals, Goals? BCFC v Peterborough preview

Tomorrow sees the return of the Championship to St Andrews with the visit of Peterborough United. It’ll have been three weeks since the last home league game and sixteen days since the thrilling draw against Club Brugge, so I suspect I won’t be the only fan chomping at the bit to watch Blues in action again.

Peterborough United

Peterborough only have long-term absentee David Hibbert out as they return to action after the international break, with Gabriel Zakuani looking to return after a toe injury, Craig Alcock fit again after a leg injury and Lee Freckington available again after suspension. All this leaves Posh manager Darren Ferguson with a happy selection headache of whom to play against the Blues.

Peterborough are in mixed form at the moment, with three wins and three defeats in their last six games. They’ve only won two out of eight games away this season and have conceded fifteen goals in those games – although they have scored eleven themselves. Indeed, their last 6 games average 5 goals a game which hopefully point to a team that won’t come to St Andrews to shut up shop and look for the draw.

Birmingham City

After a welcome two week break, Blues head into another hectic period of games with only two injuries – Morgaro Gomis who should be back next weekend and Jordon Mutch who is about 2-3 weeks away from returning from his broken ankle. With Jean Beausejour available again having missed the Reading game due to suspension after picking up five yellow cards, Chris Hughton will have almost a full squad to pick from.

Blues are still unbeaten at home in the league this season, having lost only one game at St Andrews in all competitions (against Braga in the Europa League). Barnsley midfielder Jacob Butterfield is still the only player to score against Blues at St Andrews in the Championship, but worryingly the goals have dried up somewhat for the Blues with only eight in their last six league games – and only 1 in the last three.

I think Hughton will continue to use Fahey and Spector in the middle; as much as I’d like to see Guirane N’Daw given a game I don’t think Hughton trusts him in the Championship. I suspect we’ll see Beausejour and Burke on the wings, and the only place where I think there may be a quandary is up front; Zigic looked out of touch against Brugge, Wood has stopped scoring and Rooney hasn’t looked like scoring. I think Chris Hughton has to pick which one will work best with Marlon King (who has looked very decent without getting the goals he deserves) and will go with that for at least the first hour.

With Peterborough leaking (and scoring) goals like crazy I think Blues have to aim for the win. What I hope is that Darren Ferguson will have his team set up to try to score goals and as such will leave enough gaps for Blues to exploit and hit them where it hurts. The problem as I see it may well be the centre midfield area – I think we’ll need someone in there with a bit of nous and a bit going forwards and thus I’d like to see Wade Elliott start and Blues to push straight onto the visitors. I’m going to plump for a 3-1 win, and a couple of goals for Marlon King. If I were you, I’d back the 0-0 draw now…

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7 Responses to “Goals, Goals, Goals? BCFC v Peterborough preview”

  • viperblue says:

    You think just like me expect goals and back o-o
    Posh always go forward so our counter attack should work well
    Trust the defence to control their attack

  • Andy says:

    Is it chomping or champing? I can never remember.

    • DoctorD says:

      I think it’s champing.

      This from Wikipedia — maybe almajir’s “salivating” too.

      Champing at the bit (or mistakenly as chomping at the bit or chafing at the bit) refers to a tendency of some horses, when impatient or nervous, and especially if being held back by their riders, to chew on the bit, often salivating excessively. This behavior is sometimes accompanied by head-tossing or pawing at the ground. Because this behavior was most often seen by the general public in horses who were anxious to begin a horse race in the days before the invention of the starting gate, the term has become popular in everyday speech to refer to a person who is anxious to get started or to do something. Because some impatient horses, when held back, would also occasionally rear, a related phrase, “raring to go,” is also derived from observations of equine behavior.

      • almajir says:

        Like Pavlov’s dog. I hate having to go weeks between games

        • Thedoctor says:

          You’re mixing your analogies there Almajir. Pavlov’s dogs were trained to react in a certain way to a stimulus — like they felt nauseous and sick every time they were shown a picture of Alex McLeish.

  • Bluenosesol says:

    I would like to see us start to use Redmond as the new Jose Domingues!!

  • BowThai says:

    Well im chomping at the Pavlovs,cant wait.3-1 win for me too!


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