You could be forgiven for thinking that football is sometimes playing by a written script, its completely random events in a relatively unpredictable world lands us right back in the same fixture as this time last year.
Birmingham City travel to Bolton Wanderers, but this time with hopes of finishing in the top 10 instead of hopes of holding it together long enough to grasp a last minute equaliser to stay in the division.
We all remember that game last year, Paul Caddis with the heading touch to keep Blues alive at a level they’ve been in and above for over two decades.
Blues are 11th, and completely ahead of Bolton lying in 18th. Blues are on better form as well as they rest in 10th place in the form table whereas Bolton are 16th.
Gary Rowett’s men have responded to his challenge to finish in the top 10 and have won their last 2 games. But it is worth pointing out that Blues haven’t beaten Bolton in their last 7 attempts.
Matt Mills scored the winner in the 20th minute back at St Andrews in October in what was a 1-0 win. Darren Randolph was given his marching orders and Davies missed a late penalty to make it 2.
The opposition player to watch today is most likely going to be Barry Bannan in midfield. The Scot loves a tackle and even has a few assists to his name. From what I understand he is a key performer in their sides plans.
The main point about Bolton, is yes … they’re strong in the air. Having seen them play a few times this season, I am thinking that players like Gray, Fabbrini and anyone with the odd bit of trickery in them causes havoc for the Bolton defenders so it will be interesting to see how it plays out today.
Birmingham will be hoping their away day bad patch is over after beating Reading 1-0 on the road last time out travelling. Despite a rough performance Donaldson was the difference.
Bolton on the other hand are relatively solid at home but haven’t seen a win there in their last 3 attempts. Charlton were last there and managed a 1-1 draw.
End of season games never go to plan and this one will most likely be no different, i’m confident Blues can put in somewhat of a performance and get something along the lines of a 2-1 away win!
Rowett is to make 3 changes to the squad and try a different formation. He is using the end of season to have a competitive try out of different systems.
Kiernan out (hamstring); Nikola Zigic, Matt Green, Mitch Hancox and Reece Brown (Ine);
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