Championship outfit Birmingham City have started their new season in the English second division in a pretty awful manner. The Blues have managed to bag merely 4 points from their first 6 games so far and are currently placed 21st in the league table. They would need to better their form significantly if they are desirous to clinch a promotion.
Harry Redknapp’s side are due to face high-flying Leeds United, who are currently holding the 2nd spot in the league table with 14 points to their name, at the Elland Road in a midweek fixture. Here is how we anticipate Birmingham City to line-up against the Peacocks for their upcoming outing.
David Stockdale is expected to be handed the custodian’s role against the Whites. The 31-year-old with truckloads of experience will have to be alert to ensure that his side has a say in the game.
At the heart of their defence, we expect Redknapp to station Michael Morrison and Harlee Dean. These two haven’t been able to inject the element of resilience in the backline and a lot of eyes would be nested on how they ply their trade in the upcoming fixture. They would need to pass the ball without making a fuss and have to stand up physically to withstand the animosity which Leeds United will have on offer.
The right-back position is expected to be handed to Maxime Colin while in the left-back slot, Jonathan Grounds should keep his place. Colin and Grounds did contribute substantially to their side’s defensive as well as offensive endeavours and they will be keen to do the same.
A four-man midfield setup is likely to be dished out, with Jason Lowe and David Davis being engineered in the middle to cushion the backline and to also provide the requisite platform for the attacking endeavours. Dictating the tempo of the game and keeping possession intact will be their primary tasks.
On the left side of the midfield, Jeremie Boga should be used right from the start and on the other side, Jota Peleteiro Ramallo is expected to start. Creating adequate goal scoring chances and knitting well with the fullbacks will be their call of the hour against Christiansen’s side.
Southampton loanee Sam Gallagher is expected to spearhead Birmingham City’s attack alongside Che Adams, with the latter one likely to be used instead of Liam Walsh up front.