After picking up their first point of the season at Millwall on Saturday, Bolton Wanderers head to St Andrews tonight to take on Harry Redknapp’s Birmingham City. The Blues lost their first game of the season away at Ipswich Town, but have gone on to win their following two games. Redknapp’s men have not conceded to Bolton in the last three meetings. Harry Rednapp has won his last EIGHT home games against Bolton as a manager, one for Portsmouth, six for Tottenham Hotspur and one for Queens Park Rangers.
That being said, Bolton have won two of their last three games at St Andrews, with the last win coming in October 2014. Expect someone to win, as the two teams haven’t drawn in the league since November 2000.
Bolton will be hoping to pick up their first win of the season, as well as their first away victory in the Championship for over two years. Meanwhile, Birmingham will be hoping to continue their winning streak to consolidate a serious challenge for the play-off places.
Sammy Ameobi, David Wheater and Josh Vela are still sidelined. Filipe Morais will not be rushed back so soon and will continue to start the game from the bench. Phil Parkinson will more than likely stick with the 3-5-2 formation.
For the Blues, Che Adams could be out for a while with a hamstring injury. Newly signed Luton striker Isaac Vassell, a cousin of former Aston Villa and England striker Darius Vassell, could go straight into the starting line-up. Former Wanderers loanee Lukas ‘Juke’ Jutkiewicz has been struggling with a calf injury since pre-season.
Birmingham City - LWW
Bolton Wanderers - LWD
Birmingham City - Che Adams (3)
Bolton Wanderers - Gary Madine, Adam Le Fondre, Adam Armstrong, Derik Osede, Filipe Morais (1)
Birmingham City - 4/5
Draw - 12/5
Bolton Wanderers - 18/5
Birmingham City 1-1 Bolton Wanderers
Wanderers’ lost 1-0 back in February 2016.
Don’t need an excuse to show Chungy’s header against Birmingham from the FA Cup Quarter-Final of 2011. What a moment, what a player.