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Match Preview | Birmingham City (A)

All the information you need ahead of Saturday's match...

12 February 2021

The Hatters are back on the road to face Birmingham City at St Andrews in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow afternoon.

Aitor Karanka’s side are currently 23rd in the division, six points behind the 15th place Hatters – who are hoping to record a first win since the 1-0 victory against AFC Bournemouth last month.

 

Nathan Jones said:

 

Who?

Relegated from the Premier League in 2011 after two seasons in the top flight, Birmingham have been in the Championship ever since.

The Blues however, did win the Carling Cup Final during that campaign after beating favourites Arsenal 2-1 at Wembley Stadium.

So far this season Birmingham have struggled for form but a positive result could see them move out of the relegation zone tomorrow afternoon. 

 

The manager – Aitor Karanka

Aitor Karanka is a well-known figure in management following a successful career as a player in Spain with the likes of Athletic Bilbao and Real Madrid.

Prior to his appointment at St Andrews, Karanka was previously in charge of Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest following a three period as Assistant Manager to Jose Mourinho at Real Madrid.

 

Main threat – Jeremie Bela

Jérémie Bela is one of Birmingham’s most consistent attacking threats and has the highest goal contributions for the team this season, with three goals and four assists.

He came off the bench against the Hatters at Kenilworth Road but has started the last five matches in a row, which could lead to another inclusion from the start on Saturday.

 

When and where?

Kick-off is 3pm at St Andrew's on Saturday 13th February.

 

Man in the middle?

The referee for Saturday’s match is Gavin Ward – who recently took charge of the Hatters in the 2-1 win against Bristol City at Kenilworth Road.

 

Played before?

The two sides contested a 1-1 draw at Kenilworth Road in November. You can watch the highlights from that game below…

 

Follow the action

Away games on a Saturday are not available free to season ticket holders this season, but we hope as many supporters as possible will get behind the lads from home with a £10 match pass which are on sale now. 

All of the money from every match pass sold comes directly back to the Club and is a valuable source of revenue as matches continue with limited crowds permitted to home matches. We are very grateful for your support by watching on iFollow when you are unable to attend matches in person.

Overseas based supporters should be aware that the match has been selected for live international broadcast, so will only be available for iFollow streaming in countries where the EFL do not have an international broadcast deal.

The list of countries where you can watch the match on iFollow Hatters can be found HERE.

Those territories in which the match is being screened on TV, and the station on which you can watch it, are detailed on the EFL website HERE.

Audio commentary from Simon Pitts will remain available for those Hatters abroad to listen, while BBC Three Counties Radio will also be providing live commentary online as usual.


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