Despite winning their first two away matches of the season, Wanderers have managed just four points from their subsequent 13 away days. That’s played its part in a run of form that’s seen Wanderers slump from third in the league in August to four points from safety nearly six months later.
Wanderers defeated Birmingham at home in a 1-0 victory during that strong opening to the campaign, despite being dominated by the visitors. But they are likely to face a much tougher task this evening, having lost four of the last six clashes between the two clubs.
If you like lots of goals then, well, what are you doing here? These sides have shared six goals in their last seven meetings, since a 2-2 draw at Bolton saved The Blues from relegation to League One back in 2014.
Phil Parkinson makes a few changes for tonight’s clash, with Clayton Donaldson coming into the side to face his old club as expected, but surprisingly in place of Sammy Ameobi. We expect him to play wide, with Josh Magennis leading the line. Marc Wilson somehow gets another start, hopefully in midfield rather than left-back, where Callum Connolly should get the nod. Luca Connell is out with the injury picked up at the weekend, and Mark Beevers and Pawel Olkowski come into the side to partner David Wheater. There is, of course, a chance that Parky could play a back three of Wheater, Wilson and Beevers.
Birmingham name a strikeforce in the kind of form that Bolton could only dream of. Former Bolton loanee Lukas Jutkiewicz has been involved in 15 goals in his last 18 home league games - with 9 goals and 6 assists. While Che Adams’ 19 league goals is one less than Bolton’s entire team have managed all season and he could tie the club record for scoring in eight consecutive matches, currently held by Trevor Francis.
They also have plenty of threat in wide positions from Jota and Jacques Maghoma, which increases the hope that Wilson will not be at left-back.
Here are the starting line-ups for tonight’s clash. You can follow all the action from St Andrew’s in the Comments section below.
Birmingham City: Lee Camp; Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, Michael Morrison, Wes Harding; Jota, Maikel Kieftenbald, Gary Gardner, Jacques Maghoma; Lukas Jutkiewicz, Che Adams
Substitutes: Connal Trueman, Kristian Pedersen, Connor Mahoney, Craig Gardner, Isaac Vassell, David Davis, Kerim Mrabti
Bolton Wanderers (4-3-2-1): Ben Alnwick; Pawel Olkowski, David Wheater, Mark Beevers, Callum Connolly; Marc Wilson; Jason Lowe, Gary O’Neil; Craig Noone, Clayton Donaldson; Josh Magennis
Substitutes: Connor Hall, Sammy Ameobi, Will Buckley, Josh Vela, Luke Murphy, Mark Little, Ben Alnwick