This time last year Wanderers also hosted The Blues, who were 2-0 down and staring relegation in the face with 15 minutes remaining through goals from Chung-Yong Lee and Lukas Jutkiewicz. But predictably the Wanderers last minute goal syndrome kicked in and we allowed them to avoid the drop.
We also hosted Birmingham on the final day of the Premier League back in 2010, when goals from Super Kevin Davies and Ivan Klasnic secured a 2-1 win for The Whites.
This afternoon draws a sorry end to both sides' seasons. Birmingham are currently 11th but could finish anywhere between 10th and 14th positions, which are separated by just one point. Blues manager Gary Rowett has done a superb job to rescue the club after a dreadful start to the season. Wanderers, on the other hand, sit in 18th and can't finish any lower but could climb to 16th with a win.
Neil Lennon has been speaking of the need to rebuild this summer, specifially by recruiting specialist players for certain positions. And Wanderers today line-up with exactly that, players playing in their actual positions. Oscar Threlkeld returns at right-back, while centre-half Quade Taylor makes his debut alongside the club's official player of the season Tim Ream. Wanderers are likely to line up in a diamond midfield shape, with Eidur Gudjohnsen in behind strikers Adam Le Fondre and Emile Heskey.
Our hosts are captained by former White Paul Robinson, who signed a new player-coach contract with The Blues yesterday at the age of 36, but starts on the bench this afternoon. Their danger men will be lively wide man Demarai Gray and 16-goal striker Clayton Donaldson.
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Substitutes: Andy Lonergan, Liam Feeney, Rochinha, Filip Twardzik, Saidy Janko, Giles Coke, Tom Walker
Substitutes: Colin Doyle, Paul Robinson, Wes Thomas, David Cotterill, Andrew Shinnie, Koby Arthur, David Davis