Bristol City have managed to distance themselves from the bottom three in the Championship thanks to an excellent run which has seen them drop just two points from their last five matches. Wins over Barnsley and Brighton & Hove Albion have lifted the Robins four points clear of the drop zone and they can now breathe a collective sigh of relief following what has been a tough campaign.
Not so for Birmingham City. They remain very much in the danger zone with just two points separating them from relegation. They managed a much-needed win against a somewhat second-string Huddersfield Town outfit last weekend but they will faced with a tough challenge by an improved Bristol City side on Saturday.
One can only say that Birmingham have been their own worst enemies. They dispensed with a perfectly good manager in Gary Rowett with the side sitting close to the play-off places and replaced him with Gianfranco Zola. With the side in free-fall, he in turn was replaced by Harry Redknapp and the Blues are now in a very precarious position indeed.
Birmingham’s weekend win over the Terriers was their first victory in eleven outings and it couldn’t have been more timely. We don’t think they will manage any more points this weekend. Bristol City have been showing bucketloads of improvement over recent weeks and we see no reason to believe that they will be slowing down in the final match of the campaign. Lee Johnson’s men were deserved winners over promoted Brighton & Hove Albion and they should have little difficulty in disposing of sorry Birmingham City this weekend.
As for the Blues, whilst we expect them to head home with nothing for their troubles, matters will be very much out of their hands although we’re far from optimistic about the chances of third-from-bottom side Blackburn Rovers bridging the two-point gap between themselves and Redknapp’s men. Birmingham should remain in the second-tier but it will have been a very close call indeed.