MATCH PREVIEW: Leeds United (Home)

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Blues face in-form Leeds United on Saturday afternoon at St Andrews and Garry Monk will be hoping for another fighting display following the narrow 3-2 defeat to West Brom last Friday.

TEAM NEWS

Blues

Monk will have a full squad at his disposal, with Maikel Kieftenbeld re-entering the fray after his short illness which kept him out of The Baggies game.

Leeds

Kemar Roofe will return for Leeds United this weekend, with the forward set to be involved in the matchday squad at St Andrew’s. 

Leeds have had to battle on without Roofe over the course of the last seven Championship fixtures due to the forward’s knee ligament injury. Alioski is a doubt and Douglas is out due to injury.

LAST TIME OUT

Blues were victorious at Elland Road back in September, with Che Adams netting two goals as Blues won 2-1.

WORDS FROM THE MANAGERS

Garry Monk

“You always have to be good defensively against any team, but especially against a team of the quality of Leeds,” said the Blues boss.

“But we proved that in the first game where they didn’t have a meaningful shot on goal until the 85th minute, when they actually scored their goal.

“That just shows how well we did defensively against them and how disciplined and focused we were. 

“We need to be the same in terms of attitude and competitiveness in this game.”

Marcelo Bielsa

“Birmingham, after they beat us at Elland Road, started a good long period where they showed a high level.

“They have good strikers, good wingers and they are very compact and solid in defence.

“In the first game I didn’t feel all these skills, but after our game, they showed these skills in a long period.

“The fact they beat us is not the only reason for respecting them, we respect them a lot because of what they have done all season.”

According to SBD, Birmingham are 11/4 home underdogs against Leeds (20/19) this weekend, despite losing just five home games all season and sporting a +6 goal difference at St. Andrew’s.

The odds seem to be factoring in motivation to some degree, as second-place Leeds will be desperate to stave off Sheffield United in the battle for automatic promotion, while Blues will be looking to steer away from the relegation zone.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Celebrity referee Mike Dean will take charge of proceedings. The official has been a regular in the Premiership and this will be his third outing in the Championship.

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