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Preview: Birmingham v Wednesday

16 October 2020

With the international break over, we return to Championship action on Saturday away at Birmingham.

The Blues head into Saturday’s game unbeaten in the Championship but on the back of three successive draws (0-0 Swansea (a), 1-1 Rotherham (h) and 1-1 Stoke (a)).

Our trip to Garry Monk’s former club Birmingham, kick-starts an extremely busy run of games in the division, with fixtures every three/four days up to the next international break in November.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game;

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Saturday 17 October
- Kick-off, 3.00pm
- Championship
- St Andrew’s

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Referee - Graham Scott
Assistant Referee 1 - James Mainwaring
Assistant Referee 2 - Timothy Wood
Fourth Official - Ross Joyce

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TEAM NEWS

SWFC: Wednesday have a number of injury concerns with manager Garry Monk confirming Tom Lees (groin) and Liam Shaw (ankle) are unlikely to be fit in time for the weekend.

Dominic Iorfa and Izzy Brown both missed the QPR game last time out, while Liam Palmer was withdrawn at half time with a back injury. Monk said: “I will give the others as long as they can to be in contention.”

Wednesday bolstered their ranks with new signings Jack Marriott and Aden Flint on deadline day.

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Birmingham: Jonathan Leko could be named in the Blues’ matchday squad for the first time since his August move to the club from West Brom. Leko has not played a competitive game since December 2019 after suffering an ACL injury whilst on loan with Charlton.

Australian midfielder Riley McGree could also feature after joining Birmingham from MLS expansion franchise Charlotte FC earlier this month.

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Owls boss on Birmingham: “I know Aitor. I have come up against his teams before.

“They are very organised. I know the majority of the players and they are very determined and are a very strong team. They have had a very good start to the season. St Andrew’s is always a difficult place to go regardless of whether the fans are there or not.”

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Birmingham manager Aitor Karanka said: “Sheffield Wednesday will be a really difficult team to beat. They have a coach who knows about us, but the focus is in ourselves, I would like us to be as strong at home as we possibly can be.”

LAST MEETING – 22 February 2020 | Birmingham 3-3 Owls

LAST FIVE V BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham 3-3 Owls - 22 February 2020 - Championship
Owls 1-1 Birmingham - 27 November 2019 - Championship
Owls 1-1 Birmingham - 1 January 2019 - Championship
Birmingham 3-1 Owls - 27 October 2018 - Championship
Owls 1-3 Birmingham - 3 February 2018 - Championship


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