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Thanks for the Memories – Burnley Preview

Birmingham City head north to take on Sean Dyche’s Clarets as Blues look to try to gain their first win of 2013. It promises to be a tough test for Lee Clark as Burnley look to push for a playoff place whilst Blues are holding on above the relegation trap-door.

Burnley

The Clarets are in a terrific run of form at the moment, having won five of their last six games since drawing at St Andrews on December 22 – with the only defeat coming in the FA Cup. Indeed, the last player to score against Burnley in the Championship was Nikola Zigic, who equalised in the 89th minute to give Blues a point in the pre-Christmas clash.

Striker Charlie Austin may be out still with a hamstring injury but Ben Mee and Kevin Long may return. Danny Ings will be looking to continue his run of good form up front should Austin continue to be sidelined.

Blues

Blues will have to give a late fitness test to Jonathan Spector but otherwise it’s a relatively full squad that will travel north with only long-term injury victims Stephen Carr, David Murphy, Darren Ambrose and Will Packwood plus Keith Fahey not travelling north.

After last week’s bizarre non-selection of strikers, the question will be whether Clark will return to Marlon King and Nikola Zigic once more – particularly after their performances off the bench which rescued a point for Blues. Ravel Morrison has suffered with illness all week and thus could miss out and I expect we may well see either Mullins and Gomis or Mullins and Reilly in the middle today. Paul Robinson remains in the squad having signed a deal until the end of the season.

Burnley seem confident that they will pick up the points today and looking at their form it’s hard to argue with that. The sad thing is that this game could be a swansong for a few players as the transfer window comes to an end – if that is the case I hope they leave us with a final flourish and some good memories.

Correction: As pointed out by Jim the Nose on SHA, Burnley lost 1-0 to Leicester on December 29 and thus David Nugent is the last player to score past them. Sorry.

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27 Responses to “Thanks for the Memories – Burnley Preview”

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:

    Burnley 1

    BCFC 2

  • Blue Steve says:

    Isn’t Lee Clark quoted as saying Spector will be unavailable with a chance of making the Forest game. I would put O’Reilly and Mullins in the centre today. Its going to be very tough at Turf Moor with there form I would be very happy with a draw. KRO.

  • Cornish Bluenose says:

    How can I get involved with the Blues Supporters Trust..?
    I apologise that this is not linked to this thread..but I firmly believe that in present circumstances the trust will be able to provide a powerful platform for blues fans to question the present owners.
    Thanks in anticipation…Paul

  • Moley Dibbers says:

    Shold play a 4-3-3 with Zigic between Hall and Redmond.

    Mullins, Gomis and Reily in the engine room today with Elliott coming on as sub when legs begin to tire.

    Hopefully by the time the Forest game comes around Morrison, Johnny Specs and even Fahey could provide further midfield competition. Using substitutes wisely we could keep the tempo high in the middle of the pitch and actually give the back four a bit of protection.

    You could even shortly have a back four of Robinson, Caldwell, Ibanez and Caddis with Doyle in goal.

    This would still give us a solid enough looking line up that could compete and avoid relegation even without Butland, Davis, Burke and King. Thoughts?

  • skareggae72 says:

    Zig & King up front gives us a chance,and it will be interesting to see the line up,if both of these players are again left out of the 1st xl its either to avoid injury(due to sale) or we are close to owing a load of cash based on appearances or bonus.

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:

    it will be telling to see just how much effort and commitment Davies puts into his game today; similarly King if they are on the brink of departing.

  • CRAIG78 says:

    Id defo leave out any1 leaving,well thats if we knw who is,1 thing i think we,ll see is burke joining forest and making debut next week at st andrews,and we all know he,ll have his best ever game that day 2

  • andy says:

    Im all for the squad being ripped apart and re-built under Lee Clark with hungry young players.

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:

    4-4-2 today please Mr Clark

  • GoodyBlueShoes says:

    Have we the league record this season for scoring the most goals on or around the 90th minute?

  • Oldbluenose says:

    Wowee, !!!. We needed those 3, points, !!!!!!!!.

  • Euston 9.18 says:

    Well Done !! …… LEE CLARK !!

  • jazzzy786 says:

    Good result. Leaving presents from Davies and King.

  • Art Watson says:

    At last some good news!

  • Euston 9.18 says:

    Exclusive in the Sunday People.

    Zigic wages go up to £70 thousand a week from next season !!

    No wonder he & his family LOVE BIRMINGHAM CITY.

  • Paul Carter Finally Thawed Out he says:

    Brilliant yesterday, freezing cold though.

    Great backing from the fans and now we’re 8 points clear of the relegation zone so all the histrionics over Clark now look a bit lame lol.

    Oh and all those saying the team dont wanna play for Clark should have gone to this game.

    More bullshit.


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