Birmingham City v Burnley - Follow LIVE text commentary

01 May 2010 12:45
Birmingham City v Burnley

Follow every kick as Birmingham City take on Burnley at St Andrews Stadium in the Premier League
on 01-May-2010, kick off time 12:45

Birmingham City v Burnley Live

Birmingham City take on Burnley at St Andrew's wanting to put on a positive show in front of their own fans for the final time this term. Alex McLeish's men have had an exceptional return to the Premier League following their Championship promotion last season but the Clarets, who were relegated last weekend, will return to the second tier of English football after a brief and, ultimately, miserable period in the big time. The Midlands outfit sit comfortably in ninth place while Brian Laws' visitors sit second from bottom with just two games remaining. However, Birmingham, despite their lofty position, have failed to win any of their previous eight outings, drawing four and losing four in this sequence. They tumbled in their last match at near and fierce rivals Aston Villa, going down to a late controversial penalty from James Milner in a 1-0 setback and will want to send their faithful away for their summer breaks with a smile on their face on Saturday. Burnley's form has been nothing short of terrible in the last six months. Since their 2-0 win against Hull City on October 31, the Turf Moor-based side have won twice, drawn six and lost a staggering 17 times in 24 games. To make matters that little bit worse, they have shipped in a mouth-watering 56 goals in the process. Earlier in the season, efforts from Steven Fletcher and Andre Bikey secured a 2-1 success for Burnley in the reverse fixture between the two clubs. Sebastian Larsson reduced the deficit deep into stoppage time after the hosts had opened up their two-goal lead. During last season's Championship campaign, Burnley were held to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor with Chris McCann firing the hosts into the lead before a late Cameron Jerome effort ensured the points were shared and, at St Andrew's, Martin Paterson scored an early effort before Kevin Phillips equalised in another 1-1 draw. On the injury front, the visitors are likely to be without McCann (knee) and Clarke Carlisle (ankle) for the run-in while Birmingham defender David Murphy (hamstring) will struggle to feature in the final two weeks of the season.

Source: DSG