Southampton vs Birmingham - Preview
Birmingham City travel to St. Mary's for the second round of the Carling Cup.
The two sides met in this stage of the competition last year, and the Saints will be hoping for the same result this time around, as they ran out 2-0 comfortable winners.
However, a lot has changed since then. Southampton are in the third tier, and Alex McLeish's side earned promotion to the Premier League.
TEAM NEWS - SOUTHAMPTON
The Saints will be without new signings Dean Hammond and Neal Trotman as they are cup-tied.
Paul Wotton looks to replace the former Colchester captain Hammond in the centre of midfield.
Former Reading skipper Graeme Murty could return after recovering from a dead leg.
The Blues will be without Cameron Jarome (ankle) and former Saint Gregory Vignal is a doubt with a hip injury.
Record signing Christian Benitez could make his debut tonight at St. Mary's.
HEAD TO HEAD
Out of 45 meetings, Southampton have won 19 compared to Birmingham's 16, with 10 draws.
The Saints have never lost to Birmingham in the league cup, and will be looking to continue that 100% record tonight.
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