Blackpool boss Ian Holloway admitted he is "scared" of Birmingham ahead of the Barclays Premier League clash at St Andrew's.
Holloway highlighted Alex McLeish's side as an example for his promoted squad following their brilliant first season back in the top flight. The Blues lost only two home league games last term as they celebrated a ninth-placed finish.
It has been a different story so far this term, with Birmingham's year-long unbeaten home record ended by Everton, while their only win came against Blackburn in August.
Holloway, though, remains a firm fan of the club and their manager.
He said: "Birmingham are one of the teams that I keep talking to my team about. I think the way they play football is a credit to their manager. Alex seems a real honest, robust, old-fashioned man who's got values and morals and I love the way his team plays. To be honest, I'm pretty scared of them.
"They really do put a stint in and I think they've been slightly unfortunate this season, but they were exceptional last year, which is full credit to them. When you look at the players they've got, I'm expecting a really tough game. When you go to Birmingham City, their fans - if there was a roof on there, they'd lift it off every week. They've got a marvellous record at home so we'll have our work cut out. But I'm really looking forward to it."