Preview: Birmingham City (A)

Blackpool are back on their travels on Saturday, as they head to the midlands to take on Birmingham City in the Sky Bet Championship.

The Seasiders head to St Andrews on the back of the midweek draw with West Brom, which was Blackpool's third straight draw. Impressively, the Seasiders have built an impressive record away from home so far this season, losing just two of their nine league matches away from Bloomfield Road - the most recent coming in a narrow defeat at Nottingham Forest in mid-October.

Birmingham have been a mixed bag so far this season, and haven't tasted a victory since the start of the month in a 3-0 win over Bristol City. They did, however, pick up a creditable draw at Coventry City in midweek, which took the Blues up to 17th in the table - eight points clear of Peterborough United in the last relegation spot.

The Seasiders come in to Saturday's match in 11th - four points off of sixth-placed Stoke City.

The Manager: Lee Bowyer
Lee Bowyer replaced Aitor Karanka as Birmingham boss in March of this year, after a successful three year spell in charge at Charlton Athletic. During his time at the Valley, Bowyer won promotion via the play-offs in 2019, beating Sunderland 2-1 at Wembley to gain promotion to the Championship. Relegation back to League One followed the following season, before Bowyer joined Birmingham several months later. As a player, Bowyer was known as hard-hitting, combative midfielder and played for the likes of Charlton and Birmingham as well as West Ham, Newcastle and Leeds United.

The Key Man: Scott Hogan
29-year-old forward Scott Hogan has risen through the ranks from non-league to go on and represent Birmingham. Starting out his senior career at Woodley Sports, Hogan has progressed up the leagues and has played for the likes of Rochdale, Brentford and Aston Villa. He also has eight caps to his name for Republic of Ireland.

Our Last Three Meetings
04/03/15 - Birmingham 1 Blackpool 0
06/12/14 - Blackpool 1 Birmingham 0
22/02/14 - Blackpool 1 Birmingham 2

Who Comes Out On Top?
Blackpool and Birmingham have met 97 times in their history, with Blackpool coming out on top 40 times compared to Birmingham's 34. There have been 23 draws.

The Referee: Matthew Donohue

Pay-on-the-gate will not be available for Saturday's match, with supporters able to pick up their pre-purchased tickets from St Andrews.

Supporters not travelling to Birmingham can purchase an audio pass to listen to all of the action live. Supporters outside of the UK and Ireland can also purchase a match pass to watch the match. Head over to Tangerine TV for the details.

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