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A Birthday Present for Clark? Leeds Preview

Blues travel to Elland Road today looking for the win that will kickstart their season against a Leeds United side who are just outside the top six. Neil Warnock’s men were on the wrong end of a four goal salvo from Nikola Zigic in this fixture last year and will be looking for their revenge.

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Leeds are in a good spell of form of late; unbeaten in six Championship games and have taken twelve points from a possible eighteen. They have scored in every match that they have played in this season and will be looking to add to that impressive tally against Blues.

Leeds could welcome back Rodolph Austin and Lee Peltier who both missed the midweek draw with Charlton Athletic with ankle knocks whilst Michael Tonge could also make the step up from the bench after a shoulder injury. Ryan Hall is also pushing for a debut start and Neil Warnock has admitted that he is dying to play the on-loan Southend winger.


Birmingham City have reported no new injuries from the midweek draw with Millwall and American utility player Jonathan Spector returns from suspension. One player who does miss out will be Nikola Zigic, who is completing his three match ban with this fixture and no doubt Leeds will be breathing a sigh of relief as the Serb got five goals against them in two games last year.

Clark will have to decide whether to stick with Paul Robinson out of position or to recall James Hurst or Spector to the right back berth; Chris Burke will also be pushing for a recall having been dropped against Millwall with Wade Elliott a possible casualty.

The way Blues have been playing I don’t want to predict any kind of result; having gone three down in eighteen minutes against Millwall who are in the lower reaches doesn’t bode well for a top eight side who haven’t stopped scoring this season. Blues need to be much more solid at the back from the off and Clark will have to hope that the players can give him a much-needed win as a fortieth birthday present.

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