Date: 11th September 2017 at 5:36pm
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Overview

Birmingham City are on the road again tomorrow evening as they take on unbeaten Leeds United, looking to halt a run of three straight Championship defeats.

Thomas Christiansen`s side have made an impressive start to the season and currently sit in second position. They’re also fresh off the back of a 5-0 win against Burton at the weekend.

This is going to be an extremely tough test for Blues, particularly as Harry Redknapp is still trying to discover his best team and system.

Approach

The Blues boss gave debuts to six new players at Carrow Road on Saturday, so it’s clear that he’s very much in the mindset of out with the old and in with the new.

The one thing that slightly surprised me was that he opted to play four at the back, rather than five.

The 70-year-old has gone on record in saying that he sees the team playing as a back five going forward, but for now perhaps going with four is the safer bet.

It also allows us to accommodate the likes of Jeremie Boga and Jota in their more natural positions with a bit more freedom and space coming off the flanks.

I expect us to stick with that formation tomorrow with a couple of tweaks. One of those being to include Che Adams from the start.

It’s important that we approach the game with the mindset that we’ve got to limit Leeds to as little opportunities as possible, whilst having in mind that we could catch them on the break with our pace.

Adams can provide us with just that and with Boga and Jota either side of him, we certainly have outlets there with the potential to cause damage.

Exploit

Despite Leeds changing their manager over the summer, they haven’t really felt much difference and they’ve left off doing what they were so good at for the majority of last season.

One thing that strikes me straight away is that they’ve conceded just two goals this season, keeping five clean sheets.

They haven’t conceded a single goal in the Championship since their opening day 3-2 win at Bolton.

It’s fair to say that Blues are going to have their work cut out, but I believe that we’ve got to look at keeping solid and then looking to spring a counter on Leeds.

We’ve got the creativity in the team now, so it’s now up to those players to deliver and propel us into a side that should be feared.

Let’s frustrate the opposition, silence the Elland Road faithful and deliver a hammer blow of our own.

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