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Birmingham City vs. Southampton

St Andrew's

07/03/09

15:00

Birmingham City Vs Southampton

The Saints are ready to make the journey to England's second largest city to face a Birmingham side who are once again eyeing up the Premiership.

Alex McLeish's side beat Bristol City 1-0 on Wednesday night, taking them back up to second spot just three points behind their midland rivals Wolves.

Southampton are fresh off the back of three convincing wins, and with Mark Wotte revolutionising the team, the Saints are a team to be taken seriously in current form.

Vital Quotes: Wotte on Birmingham City

"I love to play the best teams in the league, the challenge is so big and there is so much to win, so we're looking forward to this game.

"They are a big club, they have a big stadium and lots of fans, but they are under even more pressure than us I think, they need to get back to the Premier League.

"We need to survive, but that's another kind of pressure. We're not afraid of playing them at all."

Birmingham City Team News:

Birmingham defender Radhi Jaidi is doubtful after picking up a hamstring injury against Bristol City, whilst Scottish striker Gary O'Connor will not feature due to a groin problem.

David Murphy is another doubt with a thigh injury, so Frank Queudrue is likely to continue at left back after scoring the winner during the Blues 1-0 win over Bristol City midweek.

Player to watch: Lee Carsley

The Birmingham born midfielder will be looking to do what he does best by battling in the centre of the park, and giving 100 per cent for his side.

Many people, myself included, believe that Lee would not look out of place in a Premiership side, and signing him from Everton can be considered a massive coup. Almost every Championship club would love to have Carsley in the heart of their midfield.

Southampton Team News:

Jan-Paul Saeijs is a doubt for the Saints, however the Dutchman is likely to travel and his fitness is to be assessed on the day.

Young starlet Adam Lallana did not feature in the sides 3-0 win at Ipswich, and the 20-year-old is once again a doubt for tomorrow's game, with French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin likely to deputise.

Player to watch: Marek Saganowski

Although the Pole didn't get on the scoresheet at Portman Road on Tuesday night, the 30-year-old has given his side a lift with his goals since returning from a loan spell in Denmark. Saga will be looking to continue his good form by helping his side bring back all three points to the south coast.

Match Facts & Stats

A Kevin Phillips goal gave Birmingham the three points at St Mary's in the reverse fixture this season, but a spirited 2-0 victory in the Carling Cup gives Saints some confidence ahead of this difficult game.

Ref Watch:

Mr. Martin Atkinson (West Yorkshire)

Match Prediction:

Birmingham 1 - 2 Southampton. Saints to make it four out of four. Generally, Saints do better against the bigger sides, and after beating three teams in the top half in the last three games, the Saints have hit form at the crucial time.

Next Fixtures:

10th March - Derby (H)
14th March - QPR (H)




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Writer: Abe Hawken Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday March 6 2009

Time: 3:46PM

Your Comments

All good things must come to an end sometime - look on the bright side you Saints supporters, it was away from home and against one of the top two.
Thaibluefan
All good things must come to an end sometime - look on the bright side you Saints supporters, it was away from home and against one of the top two.
Thaibluefan
a cracking result away to ipswich,how come your form is so up and down this season?
bluemooner_mcfc
a cracking result away to ipswich,how come your form is so up and down this season?
bluemooner_mcfc
Better team away from home? Birmingham have been a bit up and down.0-0.
KIPPAX
Better team away from home? Birmingham have been a bit up and down.0-0.
KIPPAX
We have been so inconsistent! It's terrible. Well at home, it took us months and months to win, so we have been consistently poor at home. With the new boss (Wotte) we have looked more organised and i really believe that we can stay up (once again!)
abesaint
We have been so inconsistent! It's terrible. Well at home, it took us months and months to win, so we have been consistently poor at home. With the new boss (Wotte) we have looked more organised and i really believe that we can stay up (once again!)
abesaint
 

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