It’s not been the best week for Birmingham City. This will be their first game since being docked nine points for breaching the EFL rules for profitability and sustainability. In truth, it’s been a terrible month for the PR team at Birmingham City. The club was again in hot water at the start of March when a fan ran onto the pitch to assault Aston Villa’s captain Jack Grealish.
Paul Mitchell, the idiot in question, has since been jailed for just over a year and will serve a ten year ban from football.
The point deduction means City has gone from being seven points off a playoff spot to being just five points above the relegation zone. To add insult to injury, our Championship Form Guide shows they have lost the last four games coming into this next fixture away at West Brom.
I’m really sorry Birmingham fans, but it does get worse. The team has not scored in the last four fixtures. They’ll be hoping for a turn in fortunes this Friday at the Hawthorns and if recent form is anything to go by, they might be in luck.
West Brom has conceded in four of their last five home games and has let in more than a goal per game on average this season. It’s not what we have come to expect from West Brom in recent years, especially under the management of Tony Pulis. Things are changing and they’re now the second-highest scorers in the Championship, only behind Norwich.
Funnily enough, the team with the best defence in the Championship this season is Middlesborough. Currently managed by… You guessed it. Tony Pulis.
The Baggies are clear favourites for this Friday night fixture and given the stats, it’s likely they will get the job done under new manager James Shan. The former U23 coach has been told that the job is his, but probably only until the end of the season. He’s yet to lose, having recorded two wins and a draw in his first three games as caretaker manager. He’ll be hoping for more of the same after a 3-0 victory at home to Swansea last time out.
For Birmingham, they probably just want the season to end here so they can sort everything out both behind the scenes and on the pitch. Garry Monk and his players will need to stay focused as they could quite easily now be dragged into a relegation battle. It’s funny how things can change so quickly in football.
It’s worth noting that before this wretched patch of form, the club had scored in thirteen successive away fixtures, losing just three of those games. Can they bounce back against the Baggies?