Birmingham City v Sheffield Wednesday

Birmingham City goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak

Tomasz Kuszczak was injured in the warm-ups for Birmingham’s draw with Reading on Tuesday

BBC coverage

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Final Score; BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Radio Sheffield, BBC WM; live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Birmingham City may still be without goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak, who missed Tuesday’s draw with Reading after picking up a calf strain.

Full-back Rhoys Wiggins could feature for the first time since joining on loan from Bournemouth on 31 August.

Sheffield Wednesday are without banned midfielder Sam Hutchinson, who was sent off in the win over Bristol City.

Glenn Loovens could play for the first time this season following ankle surgery, but Daniel Pudil is a doubt.

Birmingham City head coach Gary Rowett told BBC WM 95.6:

“I think the team have shown a real resilience in the way we’ve approached games and the way we’ve seen games out in terms of our defensive performances.

“If you’d have said before the last three games that we’d have taken seven points from Norwich at home, Fulham away who are flying high, and Reading away, I think we’d have been very pleased at three clean sheets.

“I think Sheffield Wednesday are a good team, they’re starting to show that as the season progresses.

“We’ve got to be at our best, it’s as simple as that.”

Sheffield Wednesday head coach Carlos Carvalhal told BBC Radio Sheffield:

“They’re a balanced team, it’s a team that was very regular last season, very near the play-offs.

“It’s the same coach, the same players, a few new players but the base of the team is the same.

“We know that it will be a tough game for both teams, we’re in good shape and they are in good shape.”

Match facts

  • Birmingham have lost their last two home league games against Sheffield Wednesday, who are unbeaten in five meetings with Blues.
  • The Owls are looking for their first win on the road since 2 April, having not won in nine matches, in all competitions.
  • Blues, who have kept three consecutive clean sheets in the league, have not had four successive shut-outs since October 2011.
  • There have been four red cards in Wednesday’s last three league games, two to the Owls, two for the opposition.
  • Clayton Donaldson has scored Birmingham’s last three Championship goals, two of them from the penalty spot.

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