Blackpool v Birmingham

03 January 2011 12:38
Blackpool's David Carney is absent as he has joined up with the Australia national squad ahead of the Asia Cup.Elliot Grandin is unlikely to be risked as he missed the defeat by Manchester City because of a hamstring strain.

Birmingham manager Alex McLeish has not reported any new injuries to his squad ahead of the visit to Blackpool.

Striker James McFadden is still sidelined but is now hoping to return from his cruciate injury in March rather than missing the whole season.



Blackpool

Doubtful: Grandin (hamstring)

Injured/unavailable: Almond (shoulder), Basham (leg), Carney (international duty), Clarke, Gilks & Martin (all knee), Harewood (hamstring)

Birmingham

Injured: McFadden (knee)



MATCH PREVIEW There's no place like home, or so the saying goes - Blackpool probably can't remember, having last played at Bloomfield Road on 20 November.

We will try to enhance the squad in January but we won't break the club in the transfer window Birmingham manager Alex McLeish A series of weather-enforced postponements mean the Seasiders' last four games have been away from home - not that it seems to bother them as they have taken seven points out of a possible 12 in those matches and have the third best away form in this season's Premier League.

It has not been the most promising start to the year for Birmingham, who dropped to 19th - their lowest position of the season so far - after defeat to Arsenal.

With Lee Bowyer facing possible FA action after a stamping incident in that game and Alexander Hleb apparently hankering after a return to the Gunners, manager Alex McLeish faces a tough start to 2011.

It is so tight at the bottom that the Blues could rise six places with a big win over Blackpool, whom they beat at St Andrew's in October. But to complete the double over Ian Holloway's side, Birmingham must achieve something they alone in the Premier League have not managed all season - an away win.



MATCH FACTS Head-to-head

• Birmingham beat Blackpool at St Andrew's earlier this season to end a run of three consecutive defeats at the hands of the Seasiders.

• Birmingham have not won at Bloomfield Road since 1960 - a run of 11 league matches.



Have your say on Tuesday's match Blackpool

• Only one of Blackpool's last seven league matches has been at home. Their last home game was on 20 November.

• Ian Holloway's side are unbeaten when scoring the opening goal this season (W7, D2).

• DJ Campbell's five league goals have all come away from home.

Birmingham

• Birmingham are the only Premier League club without an away win this season.

• City have won just one of their last 10 matches in the Premier League (W1 D6 L3).

• Birmingham have had 10 draws this season, the joint-highest in the Premier League.



LEADING GOALSCORERS

Blackpool

Campbell, Harewood & Varney: 5 goals (5 league)



Birmingham

Gardner: 5 goals (4 league); Zigic: 4 goals (2 league)



MATCH OFFICIALS Referee: Jon Moss

Assistant referees: John Flynn & Trevor Massey

Fourth official: Howard Webb



LAST LEAGUE MATCH LINE-UPS Blackpool (L0-1 v Man City, a): Kingson, Eardley, Cathcart, Evatt, Crainey, Sylvestre (Phillips 46), Vaughan, Adam, Varney (Carney 82), Campbell, Taylor-Fletcher (Ormerod 74). Subs Not Used: Halstead, Southern, Baptiste, Edwards.

Birmingham (L0-3 v Arsenal, h): Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Bowyer (Zigic 69), Beausejour (Hleb 59), Jerome (Phillips 79). Subs Not Used: Taylor, Derbyshire, Fahey, Jiranek.

Source: BBC_Sport