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News April 21, 2021

With a huge ‘six-pointer’ victory secured against Rotherham last weekend, Birmingham play their final midweek fixture of the season with Nottingham Forest making the trip to St Andrew’s.

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The Blues have not won four consecutive home league games since the 2015/16 season and they stand a good chance of ending that spell here.

Forest have struggled at times this season and a win here would effectively end their slim chances of relegation.

Can the Blues secure another season in the Championship with victory over Forest?

We take a look…

Home team news & injuries

Jon Toral is ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Alen Halilovic is also unavailable due to an ankle injury.

Away team news & injuries

Joe Lolley (Hamstring) and Harry Arter (Groin) are both ruled out of the away trip to Birmingham, while Tobias Figueiredo is unlikely to be fit in time for Wednesday’s game.

Home team latest form

The Blues have been completely revived under Lee Bowyer, picking up 13 points out of a possible 18 in their last six games.

Birmingham have kept four consecutive clean sheets and have only conceded four goals since the former Charlton boss took the reins at St Andrew’s.

Away team latest form

Forest have been inconsistent at best lately, picking up 10 points as many league fixtures.

Chris Hughton’s side have been better on the road in recent weeks, only losing once in their last six away trips.

Our Picks for Blues Picks: Birmingham City vs. Nottingham Forest

IN FOCUS
Will Birmingham City score in the 1st Half? NO

Blues have scored in the opening 45 minutes in two of their three league games under Bowyer, but that is unlikely to continue here.

Forest have conceded in the first half in two of their last eight away games, with those goals coming against Brentford and Watford.

Expect the hosts to have a quiet half here.                                

Will Birmingham City score in the 2nd half? YES

Blues have managed to find the net in the second half in all three of their home fixtures under their new manager and it looks set to continue here.

Forest have conceded to the likes of Luton, QPR and Huddersfield in the closing 45 minutes in the last six weeks and Birmingham could join that list.

Take a chance on Blues scoring in the second half here.

How many goals will Birmingham City score? ONE

Lee Bowyer’s side have been growing in confidence but it looks like they could only get on the scoresheet once here.

Nottingham have not conceded more than once on the road in the league since early December and have faced away trips to top-six sides Brentford, Watford and Swansea during that period.

One goal looks like a fair target here.

How many shots on target will Birmingham City have? 3

Blues have produced 11 shots on target in their last three home games and they could land another handful of goalbound effort here.

Forest have seen 13 shots on goal come against them in their last five games, with eight of them coming against Watford and Brentford.

Three goalbound efforts looks a possible selection for the hosts.

How many corners will Birmingham City be awarded? 4+

The Blues saw their corner count bounce back up against Rotherham and it could remain at a high level once again here.

Nottingham Forest have seen four or more corners awarded against them in four of their last seven away games, while the other three games saw three awarded to their opponents.

Four or more corners looks a good selection here.

How many saves will Birmingham City goalkeepers make? 3

With both teams looking to end their relegation fears here, there could well be an end-to-end contest in store here.

A high save count from shot-stopper Neil Etheridge is looking likely, with three being a fair selection.

QUICKFIRE SELECTIONS

Will Lucas Jutkiewicz score? YES

Will Marc Roberts assist a goal? NO

How many tackles will Kristian Pedersen make? 3

Will Birmingham City score a penalty? NO

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