Birmingham have nothing but pride left to play for this season but simply must be backed at home to Hull City on Saturday. NFL jerseys
Alex McLeish has performed minor miracles at St Andrews this season in guiding the Blues to the comfort of mid-table and, after such a fine campaign, the Scottish manager will be keen to achieve as higher Premier League finish as possible.
Birmingham currently sit in ninth place in the top flight and will eager to fend off the challenge of Stoke City, Blackburn and Fulham for the position they currently occupy. Ending the season there would be a mighty achievement and City should bag three more points against hapless Hull.
The only side to fail to win away from home in the top flight, Iain Dowie’s men were also alarmingly lacklustre when thrashed at the KC Stadium by Burnley last time out, when beaten 4-1, and six consecutive road defeats looks likely to become seven on Saturday.
Hull have been beaten by an aggregate of 18-3 in those half dozen games on their travels, the latest a 2-0 defeat at Stoke, and their failure to register a single victory all season away from home must concern Dowie and his staff.
The Tigers finished the previous campaign in woeful form too and the sacking of former manager Phil Brown after the turn of the year was no surprise. Brown had very little to work with however and the appointment of Dowie has seen little, if any, improvement.
While the hosts were thumped at Eastlands last time out, on the wrong end of a 5-1 score line, their efforts in holding both Liverpool and Arsenal to 1-1 draws in their previous two fixtures were more indicative of their efforts this season and they should prove too strong for Hull.
It is just two defeats all season at St Andrews for Birmingham, conceding only 12 goals along the way, and they should have nothing to fear from a visiting side that has found the net on ten occasions away from the north-east.
Birmingham look perfectly well equipped to take care of Hull on Saturday and one goal should be enough to land the spoils. Cameron Jerome, who has enjoyed such a fine season, is the most likely hero but Birmingham have goal scoring threats throughout their side and a routine victory is anticipated.