The month of December will be a defining time as the club see one of the busiest and challenging period of the season with six games to come in a month.
Blues came into December flying high, sitting at 4th in the league and 7 games unbeaten at home. Last Saturday Birmingham were host to 14th place Barnsley. The game ended with probably the worst result of the season losing 3-0. Luckily results around us went our way and we only dropped to 5th, with Gary Monk’s Leeds United jumping the blues to 4th.
We are now into the thick of the season and less than a month until the January transfer window is open. Usually this time of the year is when teams can get a good idea of whether or not they can compete for promotion or survival. Following the defeat, next week see’s Birmingham away at league leaders Newcastle, who last week shockingly lost to Nottingham Forest. Newcastle lead the league with goals scored and will be a huge threat for our back four, with Tomasz Kuszczak expecting a busy day at the office. Blues boss Gary Rowett told BluesTV Birmingham’s game away at Newcastle will show how much character his side has.
December’s fixtures are as shown:
Newcastle (10th) v Birmingham
Birmingham v Ipswich Town (13th)
Birmingham v Brighton (17th)
Derby v Birmingham (27th)
Barnsley v Birmingham (31st)
No game is easy and with such a short rest period in between the games, every game will be a massive challenge. Out of a possible 15 points, I can only really see us earning 8 points. By the time the second part of the season has begun in January, if blues are ideally still in the top 6 or no more than 4 points off play-offs, then I think we have a very strong chance to finish in a playoff spot. Last week, rival boss Steve Bruce was even quoted saying the month of December is a ‘huge defining month’.
Blues must find a way to grind out results and battle through the tough month ahead. We must win our home games and find ways to come away with positive results on the road. A strong month ahead and maintaining a top 6 position would be a massive benefit for the club heading into a transfer month, which could help bring in top players who can see the club is in the right position heading into the right direction.
Blues fans, how can you see this month pan out? And where would you like to see us finish?
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