3 cup finals, one outcome

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ith only three fixtures remaining for Birmingham City it is vital that points are picked up to secure safety in the championship. In my opinion blues need to pick up all three points in the upcoming game against Sheffield United and the away fixture against QPR, to all but guarantee championship football and avoid a repeat of last season’s nail-biting last day survival.

Sheffield United visit St Andrews on Saturday sat in ninth place with play-off hopes still intact. The blades are three points outside of the play-offs, so all is still to play for as Chris Wilder’s men seek back to back promotions. Despite United being a strong opponent 10 of their 15 losses this campaign have come away from home and nine of their 19 wins coming away from Brammall Lane. Furthermore as one of only eight teams this season with less than ten draws, the Blades do tend to go all out for three points with losing often the consequence of not winning a game. With all this in mind I feel that with a packed-out home crowd, the boys in blue can produce a winning performance against a team that have only won one of their last six fixtures and won’t be at maximum confidence. With a couple of ex bluenoses in Mark Duffy and Clayton Donaldson let’s hope the pair don’t emulate Lloyd Dyer, by crushing Blues’ chances of a win.

For the second fixture of the three, Birmingham travel to the capital for a game against Queens Park Rangers. Three words that would hopefully spring to mind when describing QPR after the game on the 28th April are
“on the beach. “ With rangers sat in 15th place and with no chance of relegation, blues fans will be hoping for a lacklustre performance from the R’s. However, one thing I’ve learnt being a Birmingham City fan is that teams rarely don’t show up against us and also most of the time we don’t help ourselves in winnable games. So, I’m fully expecting QPR to make it difficult for blues with Matt Smith and Idrissa Sylla being two big aerial threats for Rangers, who Blues will need to contend with without key player Harlee Dean ; who is suspended until the Fulham fixture.

With the final fixture against the inform team in the country in Fulham, I believe that Blues would have to perform incredibly to get anything from the game meaning the importance of the next two fixtures could help avoid last day despair for the Blues. With the club doing an interview with blues hero Nikola Zigic recently the Serbian looked back on two last day triumphs in recent times at Bolton and Bristol. “Birmingham did it then, and then can do it again” With every blues fan behind the players, we have every chance of seeing where Garry Monk and his back room staff can take Blues in the near future.

Blues fans, will Blues stay up? How many points will we finish the season on? Let us know.

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