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Up for the Cup – Plymouth Preview

Birmingham City get the opportunity to bounce back from their opening day defeat to Watford almost immediately with the visit of League Two side Plymouth Argyle to St Andrews tonight in the first round of the Capital One Cup. John Sheridan’s men also lost 1-0 in their opening fixture and will be hoping for a cup upset.

Plymouth Argyle

The Pilgrims will include new signing Neal Trotman in their squad after the opening day injury to Paul Wotton added to their defensive woes whilst keeper Jake Cole will return between the sticks. The Home Park outfit will be looking to turn the tide of history, having been knocked out by Blues each of the last three times they have met in this competition.


Lee Clark is likely to shuffle his squad slightly, bringing in players who missed out against Watford and giving them a chance to impress. This could mean recalls for Chris Burke, Callum Reilly and Scott Allan and possibly pre-empts a return to a flat back four for this fixture.

Mitch Hancox (groin) joins Darren Ambrose and Nikola Zigic on the sidelines whilst long-term absentees Jonathan Spector, Will Packwood and David Murphy will continue to miss out.

Clark intends to take the Capital One Cup seriously which means that there may not be an opportunity for some of the younger fringe players like Ryan Higgins or Reece Brown to get spots on the bench although there is a possibility Koby Arthur could pick up his first start in the first team.

As ever, this tie is a potential banana skin and Blues will want to do a professional job in securing a place in the next round draw without too many hassles or injuries. A good cup run could do wonders for Blues’ finances and Clark will be mindful of that when he picks his side. I think that we should have enough to take care of the game but it wouldn’t surprise me if it mirrored the game against Barnet last season where the team started slowly but stepped up a gear second half.

As I am out of the country at present, I won’t be writing a match report for this game.

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