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Match Preview: Bolton Wanderers v Birmingham City

Gary Rowett brings his BHS jumper collection up North in search of a win

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In search of a much-needed three points, Bolton Wanderers welcome Birmingham City to the Reebok tomorrow night, and I personally look forward to Gary Rowett's lovely sweater collection making an appearance on the sidelines.

It'll be a tough game for Wanderers, with Birmingham coming to the game on the back of a 2-1 home victory over QPR at weekend - one sealed with the first goal in eight seasons for former Bolton man Paul Robinson.

Key man for the Blues (not Blues - you need the definite article, IMHO onion) is manager Gary Rowett. The former Birmingham defender took over from Lee Clark back in October 2014, bringing former Wanderers man Kevin Poole with him.

Rowett has transformed a team fighting against relegation to one that finds itself in fourth place with 21 points.

The dangerous Clayton Donaldson is top scorer with four goals - whilst they did well in keeping Demarai Gray at the club amid reports of summer interest from Premier League Bournemouth. They have scored nine goals in five games, which is as many as we have scored all season.

Wanderers will be without ex-Liverpool man Jay Spearing who provided a further negative element to our 2-0 loss away at Burnley with the latest in a series of injuries which have contributed to the now-customary slow start.

It would be nice to start a run of two consecutive home games in a week with the victory, but let's be realistic - this is not the weak-spirited Birmingham City of old, and will represent a tough challenge for Neil Lennon and his lads.

Prediction - Bolton Wanderers 2-1 Birmingham City