Birmingham confirmed their Championship status last weekend with victory over Derby and their aim for a mid-table finish continues when they host Cardiff at St Andrew’s on the weekend.
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The visitors’ play-off hopes were ended at the beginning of the month after an inconsistent run of form and are looking for their first away win in six weeks.
Can the Blues can continue their climb up the league with a victory over Mick McCarthy’s Bluebirds?
We take a look…
Home team news & injuries
Jon Toral is out with a hamstring problem, while Scott Hogan will not return in time after sustaining a hip injury against Nottingham Forest.
Away team news & injuries
Joel Bagan and Joseph Bennett are ruled out with injuries, while Will Vaulks is currently suspended after his sending off against Wycombe.
Home team latest form
The Blues are currently unbeaten in their last seven games, with new boss Lee Bowyer guiding the West Midlands side to safety.
The hosts have picked up 17 points in eight games under the former Charlton boss and are one of the in-form sides in the Championship.
Away team latest form
Cardiff have gone four games without defeat, drawing three of their last four and winning their last outing at Wycombe.
Our Picks for Blues Picks: Birmingham City vs. Cardiff City
Will Birmingham City score in the 1st Half? NO
With the Blues being known for second half performances, it looks unlikely they will score early here.
Cardiff have only conceded in the opening 45 minutes in one of their last 10 away games, coming in a crushing 5-0 defeat at Sheffield Wednesday.
It could be a quiet first half for the hosts here.
Will Birmingham City score in the 2nd half? YES
Seven of Blues’ nine goals under Bowyer have come in the second half and that could well continue here.
The visitors have conceded in the closing 45 minutes in their last three games on the road, with Birmingham scoring in the second half in all four home games under Bowyer.
Take a chance on the hosts scoring late here.
How many goals will Birmingham City score? ONE
The Blues have been getting on the scoresheet more regularly under their new boss, but they could only bag one goal on the weekend.
Cardiff have been defensively sound on their travels, conceding only one goal or less in nine of their last ten away games.
Only a solitary goal from the hosts looks likely.
Cardiff have been strong at the back on their away games
How many shots on target will Birmingham City have? 2
With both sides effectively having nothing to play for, it could be quiet in attacking terms here.
Two shots on target seems to be a realistic target for the hosts.
How many corners will Birmingham City be awarded? 3
Even with the corner count continue to rise in recent, we could see a dip in Birmingham’s total here.
With nothing to play for, it could be a slow afternoon in terms of set-pieces.
Three corners seems a fair selection here.
How many saves will Birmingham City goalkeepers make? 2
Neil Etheridge will likely have a small workload here, so two saves seems a good choice.
Will Lucas Jutkiewicz score? NO
Will Marc Roberts assist a goal? NO
How many tackles will Kristian Pedersen make? 1
Will Birmingham City score a penalty? NO
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