STAT PREVIEW – Blues V Forest

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Blues fans shouldn’t be getting carried away yet but a win tonight would put us second in the table. However Forest stand in the way.

The Reds claimed an impressive victory at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday by two goals to one. Blues will have to be on top form to get anything from this one.

As there is no new team news except for Rowett shuffling his fully fit team tonight, so we take a look at the stats instead…

Head to head

In 108 games Blues have won 1 more game than Forest (39). The sides have drawn 31 of those.

Blues have won the last two meetings – 2-1 and 3-1.

Points

Let’s start off with points, Blues have 11 on the board compared to Forest’s 8 – who have played one more game.

Goals

It’s all about scoring goals, Blues have definitely done just that so far this season. Scoring 4 last Saturday against Bristol, Rowett’s men now have 11 to their names. Whereas Forest have only scored 6 in one more game.

Birmingham have scored more goals in all time – 134 compared to their 123, to be exact.

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Shots

Forest look dangerous. They may not be very accurate but with 47 off target shots so far this season, but can Blues’ defence handle them tonight?

Forest have had 28 shots on target compared to 23 from Blues, Gary Rowett’s men have also 22 off target. Let’s hope we’re still clinical tonight.

Previous encounters

Last season, Britt Assombalonga’s goal five minutes from time had appeared to be enough to give Forest a point but the striker was sent off for handball in the 90th minute with Paul Caddis slotting home the resulting penalty to hand the home side all three points.

February 2012 was the last time The Reds’ won at St. Andrew’s. Two goals from a returning Dexter Blackstock either side of a Chris Burke effort were enough to give Forest a vital three points as they looked to secure Championship safety.

Possible Lineup

Blues: Kuszczak, Caddis (C), Morrison, Spector, Eardley, Davis, Kieftenbeld, Cotterill, Shinnie, Gray, Donaldson.

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Manager’s views

To ask the same eleven players to keep churning out those types of performances is obviously going to be a huge challenge over the next three or four weeks with the amount of games we have got coming up. 

“But we have got players on the sidelines that are more than good enough to come into our team and not affect the starting line-up. 

“That’s the test of any strong squad. We are going to need two or three who have not played regularly to step up to the plate and come in and maintain that intensity. 

“If you don’t, you run the risk of losing a bit of that intensity and the risk of increased injuries and decreased performances.” 

Prediction

We’re going with an entertaining 2-2 draw tonight. Tweet us your predictions @bcfcfollowers!

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