Birmingham City make the short trip to the Molineux to take on league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers this Sunday lunchtime. The game will be transmitted live on Sky Sports.
Blues have been shown live on Sky Sports on seven previous occasions this season but they haven’t had the best of times in front of the live TV cameras.
Burton Albion 2 Blues 1 (Friday 18 August)
After taking a lead into half-time courtesy of a Jacques Maghoma goal, Blues were once again diagnosed with a bout of ‘Burton syndrome’. The hosts struck twice in 16 minutes through Marvin Sordell and Lloyd Dyer (obviously) to give the Brewers all three points.
Harry Redknapp used his post-match interview to lambast the quality of the squad. ‘I looked at the bench and had absolutely nothing’, said ‘Arry.
Blues 1 Cardiff City 0 (Friday 13 October)
After the sacking of Redknapp, successor Steve Cotterill took charge of his first game. Che Adams’ splendid solo effort gave Blues the lead after 19 minutes. Chances were wasted but Blues held on for the win after soaking up the late pressure.
Millwall 2 Blues 0 (Saturday 21 October)
Eight days after the Cardiff win, Blues travelled to Millwall for a Saturday evening kick-off. After a bright start to the game, Isaac Vassell should have given Blues the lead but his shot skimmed the post. The second-half started in disastrous fashion as Maxime Colin put through his own net. Ryan Tunnicliffe made the points secure 14 minutes from time.
Blues 0 Aston Villa 0 (Sunday 29 October)
The first second-city derby of the season was Blues’ third televised game in succession. The game could have gone either way. Jota blazed a one-on-one over the bar in what was Blues’ best chance of the afternoon. John Terry and Keinan Davis hit the woodwork in the second-half for Villa – neither side could break the deadlock and the game ended goalless.
Sheffield United 1 Blues 1 (Saturday 25 November)
Bramall Lane is always a tough place to go and Blues sat very deep for most of the game. The smash-and-grab looked to be on when Jeremie Boga’s thunderbolt put Blues ahead seven minutes before the interval. However, a 71st minute Leon Clarke strike gave the Blades parity.
Blues 0 Wolves 1 (Monday 4 December)
League leaders Wolves rocked-up at St. Andrew’s in fine form. Blues gave it a good go but were outclassed by Wolves who won the game thanks to an 8th minute Leo Bonatini strike after Jonathan Grounds cheaply conceded possession in his own box.
Aston Villa 2 Blues 0 (Sunday 11 February)
For many, this was the game that broke the camels back as far as Steve Cotterill’s reign was concerned. Blues came into this game in a rich vein of form. Villa were there for the taking and when Sam Gallagher hit the post in the first-half, Villa Park was becoming edgy. Albert Adomah gave Villa the lead on the hour-mark before Conor Hourihane’s late rocket doubled the advantage. Cheikh Ndoye was sent off for a grapple with John Terry but Cotterill’s reluctance to make a sub until the game was beyond Blues was the main talking point of the day.
BLUES ON SKY SPORTS THIS SEASON
Played – 7
Won – 1
Drew – 2
Lost – 4
Scored – 3
Conceded – 8
Points – 5
Garry Monk becomes the third manager to lead Blues into a televised fixture this season.