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The Boys in Royal Blue go back out onto the home turf once again where they are set to face newly promoted side Bolton Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship.

On Saturday, Blues opened their points tally for the 2017/18 season by snatching up 3 points against Bristol City. A shaky first half saw us concede within the first 60 seconds of kick-off, but an unstoppable low driven shot from Craig Gardner saw the lads go in at Half-Time with the scores level and with a point to prove. The second half on the other hand saw greater things, as a sweet strike from Jacques Maghoma led Blues to their first win of the campaign.

And a newly rejuvenated side look willing to give Bolton a run for their money, as newly announced signing, Isaac Vassell, is illegible to make his debut for us this evening, where he can hopefully get off to a bang against the Trotters.

Bolton seem as though they are having a tough time in their return back into England’s second tier, where just 1 point has been collected by the side since gaining promotion last season.

Birmingham’s record against Bolton has been reasonable in previous times, with scenes of Caddis’ last gasp equaliser on the final day in 2014 coming into mind. Yet the Trotters are prepared to give us all they’ve got this time, in an attempt to claim their first 3 points of the new season. But a refreshed Harry Redknapp team will be giving 110% to make it 2 from 3 after the win on Saturday.

Lukas Jutkiewicz will be back within the Blues team today, where he will take on his former team. Jutkiewicz scored past us in the great escape match almost 3 years ago, but putting that aside, the 6ft 1in striker is officially back after recovering from his calf injury.

In the last season Blues played Bolton, we claimed all 6 points, so HR will be hoping to get the deed done and get another 3 at St. Andrew’s tonight, as we look forward to another stage of the Redknapp Revolution.

TEAM NEWS:

BLUES:
– Lukas Jutkiewicz is back and fit, although Redknapp says he won’t be playing 90 minutes as he doesn’t want to push anything too soon.
– David Davis will be back after recovering from the virus he was subbed off for on Saturday.
– Jonathan Grounds has recovered from an eye problem he gained against Bristol.
– Isaac Vassell is eligible and ready to go after joining from Luton Town yesterday.
– Maikel Kieftenbeld is available after his red-card decision has been rescinded by the FA and is illegible to play tonight.
– Che Adams is out, yet we are still awaiting results from his hamstring scan.

Check Adams walks off with injury against Bristol City
Check Adams walks off with injury against Bristol City

BOLTON:
– Filepe Morais is unlikely to start for Bolton, after missing much of pre-season to a knee issue.
– Josh Vela is out due to an ankle injury.
– David Wheater will not play because of a back problem.

HEAD-TO-HEAD:
Games Played – 128.
Birmingham Wins – 44.
Bolton Wins – 51.
Games Drawn – 33.
Birmingham have won all three of their previous three league meetings with Bolton (all won 1-0).

MY PREDICTION:
I think think Blues will have a positive performance and win 2-0 through new-kid on the block Isaac Vassell, and David Davis joining in on the act by also grabbing a goal to seal another win of the season.

QUOTES FROM HARRY REDKNAPP:

On Isaac Vassell:

“We’ve brought him in with an eye for the future but let’s hope the future comes as quick as it can.”

“If he comes in and does what we’re hoping to do, gets in the team, then that’s a big bonus for us.”

“He’ll be in the squad tomorrow, definitely.”

On Che Adams:

“Che’s done a hamstring so we just don’t know really at the moment.”

“He’s going for a scan around lunchtime (yesterday) and we’ll see the result of the scan.”

Are we going to miss Che? Leave your thoughts and score predictions below!

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