It is somewhat difficult to feel much sympathy towards Birmingham City. The Blues dispensed with the services of a perfectly good manager early in the season despite sitting on the edge of the play-offs and replaced him with someone with little success in managerial circles before appointing Harry Redknapp in what looks like a case of desperation.
Will Redknapp keep his new charges out of the relegation zone over the next couple of weeks? The Blues do enjoy a two-point cushion over the sides in the bottom-three, however that can easily be bridged and given Birmingham’s recent form we’re not overly-optimistic about their chances of remaining clear of immediate danger.
Perhaps the low point of Birmingham City’s season was their 1-0 weekend defeat to local rivals Aston Villa, a side which only a few months ago had looked to be in danger themselves. Since then the two sides have moved in completely opposite directions and with the Blues managing just a single point from their last five Championship outings – this being against woeful Rotherham United – we certainly won’t be backing them to manage anything from this weekend’s clash with Huddersfield Town.
The Terriers were until recently looking pretty unstoppable although they have been pretty hit and miss over the past few weeks with defeats to the likes of Bristol City, Burton Albion, Nottingham Forest and Fulham, however they bounced back by edging their way past Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend and they should have little problem in putting Birmingham City to the sword on Saturday afternoon.
Indeed we don’t even expect the hosts to threaten Huddersfield’s defence too much at St Andrews and with just one goal to their name in their last three outings, the Blues will present the Terriers with a perfect opportunity to collect all three points and keep a clean sheet into the bargain.