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Three on the Bounce? Bournemouth Preview

Birmingham City make the long trip south to the Goldsands Stadium today to face Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth. Blues will be backed by a sold out allocation of travelling fans and they will be looking to continue their fine run of form away from home.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth lie 16th in the Championship, three places and two points better off than Blues but a far worse goal difference record. They have a poor home record, having won only one of their last five games at home and haven’t kept a clean sheet home or away since September.

Former Blues loanee Wes Thomas could be in contention for a start, along with Arsenal loanee NicoYennaris, Ian Harte, Josh McQuoid and Matt Ritchie

Blues

Lee Clark faces a conundrum at left back with Mitch Hancox injured until the new year with a knee problem. David Murphy is out until March of next year which means Clark has to either shuffle Paul Robinson across, recall Shane Ferguson to the team or give a debut to Amari’i Bell who was recalled from his loan spell at Nuneaton this week. Kyle Bartley is pushing for a recall too and I suspect he will be the one to come in with Robbo moving across.

Lee Novak is also out and this probably means a recall for Chris Burke on the right flank, with Jesse Lingard and Aaron Mclean continuing to support lone striker Nikola Zigic. Tom Adeyemi is fully fit again and should be recalled; Olly Lee could push for a place alongside him in the centre of midfield after a good cameo last weekend.

Blues come into this game five unbeaten and having won back to back away games – this is a game that is winnable and I hope the team can build on recent good away results to bring home another three points. The key for me will be the way that Blues attack; Mclean looked poor last week on the left and we might be better served with Ferguson playing in front of Robinson to give the team a bit more solidity.

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22 Responses to “Three on the Bounce? Bournemouth Preview”

  • StaffsBlue says:

    I think we need to bin the four strikers to reinforce the midfield, which is where Bournemouth are strong with Ritchie and Artur. Blues need to get hold of these two, or they’ll do damage.

    I’d play a straight 4-5-1… with Burke, Adeyemi, Lingard, Reilly, Ferguson across the middle. Zigic might have some success because they’re no great shakes at the back. If Ritchie plays on the right of midfield and Robbo is switched to left back, Ferguson has to be a must to cover him.

    I’m going for a 2-2 draw.

    • DoctorD says:

      I agree there Staffs — there will be goals leaked at either end. Be prepared for the worst but hope for the best is all I can say.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        We look vulnerable at the back lately, compared to the start of the season. Luckily, we always look like we can score goals.

  • JohnR200 says:

    I’m not so sure that Adeyemi should come straight back in, I feel his performances lately have dropped off. Lee did well when he came on against Middlesborough so i would be inclined to give him a start in place of Reilly who I think needs a rest.

  • StaffsBlue says:

    Lee and Shinnie in.. Reilly and McLean out.

  • AuldBertie says:

    25 minutes to go, battered all game and yet 2-0 up: are we morphing into the vile? A bonus if we can hold onto this :)

    • chas says:

      Just goes to show , it is Goals that count , you don’t het nowt in this Game for Near Misses or Possession.
      60% 40%
      mins Shots
      24 4
      On target
      8 2 Corners
      Obviously dont know anything about the Game, but the Ref was a tad Card Happy on the face of it.

  • AuldBertie says:

    Well we managed to hang on thanks mainly to Darren Randolph. Perhaps the tide is finally turning…

  • StaffsBlue says:

    3 points… 2 goals.. a clean sheet……….. and a ZERO goal difference at last! Who could ask for more?

    • DoctorD says:

      Um, every single Blues fan probably. Yeah great result but you always want something better as a supporter don’t you.

      • StaffsBlue says:

        Ah well… you’ll never please all of the people all of the time.

        I see Albion have sacked Steve Clarke.

  • Ali Duncan says:

    Just got in. Two clinical finishes were the difference. We took our chances whereas Bournemouth found Randolph in fine form and didn’t take theirs. In a funny way, although they huffed and puffed I could never see them scoring. A very solid away display where I think we won our individual battles.

    Onwards and upwards! KRO!

  • Chris W says:

    Oh I did like to be beside the seaside…. What an early Christmas present, if only we could do that at home.
    Randolph was in fine form, we rode our luck but we scored ad they didn’t, so another 3 points away from home and extended our unbeaten run.
    Well Done LC and the boys in Blue, but also to the faithful who travelled and yet another enjoyable away crowd, certainly some Pre-Christmas Cheer…
    KRO+DNM

  • sutton apex says:

    well done done lee and the team – bring on forest !! (oh a home game, oh no)

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Can we switch all our home games to away. Great result but I’d have hated to have watched that game. Upto 14th and I can feel a nosebleed coming on.

  • mark says:

    another manager casualty, and Clark still top of the pile 14th, another great turn out by our lovely fans………….singing , laughter, proper bluenose experience down by the sea……………….will admit not the greatest game who gives a sh*t, clean sheet 2 goals and unbeaten in 6 games………….kro…………
    just recovering back from the match yesterday full of cold, sorry to say Daniel i didn’t leave early lol.

  • mark says:

    unfortunately we collected another 5 yellow cards myself i personally didn’t think the game was that dirty………………..

  • mark says:

    getting myself fighting fit for forest game now, they will be bringing 3,000 i am led to believe, need to get my voice back into full working order for Saturday…………


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