Birmingham City v Norwich City

26 Aug

Birmingham City midfielder Diego Fabbrini has been out injured since the opening weekend of the season


Birmingham City midfielder Diego Fabbrini has been out injured since the opening weekend of the season

BBC coverage

How to follow:
Full live commentary on BBC WM (DAB Birmingham); live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Birmingham City may have Diego Fabbrini (back) fit but fellow midfielder Stephen Gleeson is a doubt as Blues seek a first home win since 3 March.

Jack Storer starts his three-game ban for Birmingham after being sent off in Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat by Wolves for headbutting Kortney Hause.

Ivo Pinto is a doubt for Norwich after he came off in Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich with a hamstring problem.

Jacob Murphy impressed in Tuesday’s 6-1 EFL Cup win over his old club Coventry.

Northern Ireland international Kyle Lafferty, who ended up last season on loan with Birmingham, scored the opener in midweek.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy (groin), Martin Olsson (hamstring), Graham Dorrans (groin), Alex Pritchard (side strain) and Matt Jarvis (knee) are all missing for the Canaries, who rested Michael McGovern, Timm Klose, Robbie Brady and Alex Tettey in midweek.

Analysis

BBC Radio Norfolk’s Chris Goreham:

“It feels like a pivotal week in Norwich City’s season. A win at Birmingham would give them 11 points from five games and mark a very strong start to life back in the Championship.

“Anything less would still leave big question marks for the fans about their ability to make a swift Premier League return.

“With the transfer window closing in less than a week, Alex Neil is also running out of time to land the striker that he has had earmarked as a priority all summer long.”

Match facts

  • Birmingham City, who have picked up five points from their first four matches, have dropped the most points (5) from leading positions in the Championship this season.
  • Norwich, fourth in the table after an unbeaten start, have not lost in their last 14 away league games in the second tier (including play-off games).
  • Blues, who have not won in their last eight home league games, have drawn three of their last four league meetings with Norwich at St Andrew’s.
  • The Canaries have not lost in their last eight league games meetings with Birmingham, having won three and drawn five.
  • Blues midfielder David Davis is the only player in the division to have been booked in all four games this season – just one away from a ban.

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