Birmingham City v Blackburn Rovers

Che Adams

Sub Che Adams’ midweek strike against Preston could earn him a place in Birmingham’s starting line-up

BBC coverage

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Live commentary on BBC WM (DAB Birmingham); text commentary on the BBC Sport website

Birmingham City have injury concerns over defender Jonathan Grounds and midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Both players picked up knocks in Tuesday’s 2-2 home draw with Preston, a third draw in four games, which dropped Blues to seventh in the table.

Blackburn Rovers striker Anthony Stokes could return following a knee injury.

Danny Graham and Martin Samuelsen are also in contention to feature in Rovers’ attack, with Sam Gallagher and Marvin Emnes both in line for a rest.


BBC WM’s Richard Wilford:

“Gary Rowett’s increased willingness to experiment to find better attacking options at St Andrew’s will most likely continue against Blackburn.

“Tuesday’s 4-1-4-1 formation may not be revisited for a little while, at least not without an adjustment in personnel, but the fightback against Preston again showed this season’s stronger squad has the ability to adjust successfully.

“Summer signing Che Adams will almost certainly be back in from the start after his precise finish earned a point in midweek. He continues to look a shrewd investment for a club still having to watch the pennies.”

BBC Radio Lancashire’s Andy Bayes:

“Blackburn Rovers are a far better team now than they were when the season kicked off. As they go into the second international break of the season, they know they are playing catch-up, after such a poor start.

“Tuesday’s defeat saw them slip back under the dotted line but, if they perform at Birmingham in the manner they did a week ago at Derby, they can be back outside the bottom three by five o’clock.

“Expect one or two changes, to freshen up a team that’s been unchanged in three league games. Danny Graham is the most likely to be recalled.”

Match facts

  • Birmingham City have won only one of their last nine league meetings with Blackburn Rovers.
  • Blackburn, in 22nd place, are one of two Championship sides still awaiting their first clean sheet this season, along with Nottingham Forest.
  • Blues’ 3-1 home defeat by neighbours Wolves in August is the only loss they have suffered in 14 league games.
  • Che Adams ended a run of five games without scoring by netting in the 2-2 draw against Preston in midweek.
  • Rovers are looking to win back-to-back away games in the Championship for the first time since December 2015.

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