Match Preview: Birmingham City v Fulham

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When Blues last played Fulham in November, I was sat at Bramall Lane watching one of the more frustrating Worcester City performances against a Sheffield United side who got one then simply controlled proceedings. My cousin’s fella was sat beside me all game bemoaning the fact that he was in Sheffield and not Fulham as the goals went in one by one. What a game it must have been to watch live.

The chances of another 5-2 scoreline are fairly unlikely truth be told but the change of manager at Fulham has hardly seen an upturn in performances. Goals remain a large part to their game but defensively the Cottagers remain, bluntly, dreadful.

What Fulham v Blues does tend to provide is a show of attacking verve, fine goals and genuinely enjoyable games. More of the same please guys.

 

Birmingham City v Fulham Team News:

Blues could be without yet another attacking option as Diego Fabbrini faces a late fitness test for a ‘badly bruised toe’ – make of that what you will.

James Vaughan and Nicolai Brock-Madsen are both back in full training after muscle injuries. Both could return in time for Saturday.

Neal Eardley is the only long term absentee.

Fulham are hoping that experienced defender-cum-midfielder Chris Baird is available to play a part after picking up a knock in the draw at Reading.

Winger Alexander Kacaniklic remains sidelined with talented young midfielder Lasse Christensen.

Cauley Woodrow, the England U21 striker, will hope for some more game time after returning from a broken foot bone.

 

Potential 18:

One change likely after the impact made by Jacques Maghoma’s entrance onto the pitch at Wolves last week.

Starting XI:

Tomasz Kuszczak;

Paul Caddis, Michael Morrison, Jonathan Spector, Jonathan Grounds;

David Davis, Stephen Gleeson;

David Cotterill, Jon Toral, Jacques Maghoma;

Clayton Donaldson.

Subs: Adam Legzdins; Ryan Shotton, Paul Robinson, Maikel Kieftenbeld, Viv Solomon-Otabor, Will Buckley, James Vaughan

 

Previous fixture at St.Andrews:

Birmingham City 1-2 Fulham

Kit Symons had not long been named caretaker manager at Fulham when he visited St.Andrews to play a Birmingham City side still under the stewardship of Lee Clark.

The inconsistency of performances, the failure to build on first half performances and the lack of points left Blues a fairly hostile place to turn up to as chants against the board continued in the stands. Yet it would not have seemed that way to visiting supporters who enjoyed the freedom to chant on their own and generally enjoy a point or three at the expense of their struggling opponents.

This was typical of Blues during the early part of that season. Full of gusto and bravery early on, plenty of running and closing down but with little productivity, quality, shape, structure. It was embarrassing at times. David Cotterill’s wondergoal stole the first half but that was as good as it got.

In the second half, Fulham took a strange hold of the game as Tim Hoogland scored a scrappy leveller before Jonathan Spector got his bearings completely wrong as Tim Rodallega made the most of some poor defending to tap in at the near post.

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