After landing another much-needed victory last weekend against Stoke, Birmingham face a season-defining tie against relegation rivals Rotherham on Sunday.
The Blues have been revitalized under new manager Lee Bowyer, with the former Charlton boss guiding his new side three wins and three clean sheets in his first five games.
Rotherham’s survival hopes were dealt a blow on Thursday evening, with a loss to Coventry keeping the Millers four points adrift with seven games left to play.
Can the Blues effectively end their relegation worries with a victory over Rotherham?
We take a look…
Home team news & injuries
Joe Mattock is Rotherham’s only injury concern, as he faces a race to be fit for Sunday’s game.
Away team news & injuries
Jon Toral is ruled out with a hamstring injury, while Alen Halilovic and Scott Hogan are both doubts for the away trip to the New York Stadium.
Home team latest form
The Blues have taken ten points out of a possible fifteen since Bowyer took the reins at St Andrew’s.
Three home victories and a point on the road at Brentford have given Birmingham a very strong chance of surviving the drop this season.
Away team latest form
Rotherham have been inconsistent over the last few weeks, picking up seven points in their last six games.
The Millers have lost six of their last seven home games, with QPR being the unlucky side to lose in South Yorkshire in recent history.
Our Picks for Blues Picks: Birmingham City vs. Stoke City
Will Birmingham City score in the 1st Half? YES
The Blues should get off to a good start at the New York Stadium, with Rotherham struggling at home in their latest outings.
The Millers have conceded first-half goals at home to Reading, Watford and Wycombe since late February, and it’s likely that the Blues could score their first away goal under Bowyer early on here.
Take a chance on the Blues taking an early lead here.
Will Birmingham City score in the 2nd half? YES
Birmingham have seen three of their five goals under their new manager come in the second half and it’s very possible Birmingham can add to that tally here.
Rotherham have conceded at home in the closing 45 minutes in six of their last seven home games, and Birmingham could put the pressure on the Millers once again here.
It looks likely the visitors will grab a goal during this period.
How many goals will Birmingham City score? TWO
The hosts have conceded the second most goals at home in the league this season (31), one behind the visiting Blues (32).
Rotherham have seen two or more goals scored against them in six of their last 11 fixtures at the New York Stadium, which includes the three goals basement boys Wycombe scored two weeks ago.
Birmingham could well score a brace here.
How many shots on target will Birmingham City have? 4+
The Blues will be expected to put the pressure on early here and that could likely result in a high shot count for the visitors.
The Millers have seen four or more shots on target come against them in eight of their last 10 home games and that trend could continue here.
Expect Bowyer’s side to get a fair few goalbound efforts here.
How many corners will Birmingham City be awarded? 4+
Birmingham have seen a decline in their corner count in their last five games, but that could bounce back up here.
Rotherham have seen four or more corners awarded against them in five of their last seven games, while the Blues have taken eight corners in their two away trips under Bowyer.
Four or more corners for the visitors looks achievable.
How many saves will Birmingham City goalkeepers make? 2
This is a must-win game for Rotherham, but fatigue could well play a part in this fixture with the hosts playing their fourth fixture in eight days.
The Millers failed to register a single shot on goal against Coventry but they did have five shots on target against QPR, three of them resulting in goals.
Neil Etheridge could be in for a quiet evening between the sticks and two saves seems a reasonable selection.
Will Lucas Jutkiewicz score? YES
Will Alen Halilovic assist a goal? NO
How many tackles will Kristian Pedersen make? 2
Will Birmingham City score a penalty? NO
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