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Nikola Zigic gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jerome Boateng. Kolo Toure restarts play with the free kick.
Jean Beausejour produces a cross, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Kevin Phillips takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart. Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by David Bentley, Roger Johnson takes a shot. Save by Joe Hart.
David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Centre by Liam Ridgewell.
Jean Beausejour delivers the ball, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
David Bentley produces a cross.
The ball is swung over by David Bentley, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Liam Ridgewell. Liam Ridgewell takes the direct free kick.
Liam Ridgewell produces a cross.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Patrick Vieira on Kevin Phillips. Strike on goal comes in from David Bentley from the free kick.
Corner from the right by-line taken by David Silva, Kevin Phillips makes a clearance.
Jerome Boateng produces a cross, Effort on goal by David Silva from outside the box goes harmlessly over the bar.
Craig Gardner scores a penalty. Birmingham 2-2 Man City.Kevin Phillips fouled by Patrick Vieira, the ref awards a Penalty. The assist for the goal came from Kevin Phillips.
Jean Beausejour on for Lee Bowyer. Nikola Zigic is ruled offside. Joe Hart restarts play with the free kick.
Aleksandar Kolarov takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The ball is sent over by James Milner, clearance made by Martin Jiranek.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Save made by Ben Foster.
The official flags Aleksandar Kolarov offside. Ben Foster takes the free kick.
Lee Bowyer decides to take the corner short.
Cameron Jerome goes off and Kevin Phillips comes on.
The ball is delivered by David Bentley.
The ball is delivered by Jerome Boateng, clearance by Stephen Carr.
Nikola Zigic challenges Kolo Toure unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kolo Toure takes the free kick.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Ben Foster makes a save.
Short corner worked by David Bentley. Centre by David Bentley, clearance by Jerome Boateng.
David Bentley takes a outswinging corner.
The ball is delivered by Cameron Jerome, save by Joe Hart.
David Silva takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Martin Jiranek manages to make a clearance.
A cross is delivered by David Bentley, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
The ball is crossed by David Bentley, Roger Johnson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Lee Bowyer by Jerome Boateng. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is delivered by David Bentley, free kick awarded for a foul by Roger Johnson on Joe Hart. Joe Hart takes the direct free kick.
Corner taken by David Bentley from the right by-line, clearance made by Vincent Kompany.
David Bentley crosses the ball, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Vincent Kompany gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Cameron Jerome. Cameron Jerome restarts play with the free kick.
Jerome Boateng takes a shot. Save by Ben Foster.
The ball is swung over by Jerome Boateng, save by Ben Foster.
Effort from just outside the area by Craig Gardner goes over the target.
The ball is delivered by Liam Ridgewell, clearance by Jerome Boateng.
David Bentley takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.
The ball is sent over by Jerome Boateng.
David Silva takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Nikola Zigic fouled by Vincent Kompany, the ref awards a free kick. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Stephen Carr sends in a cross, clearance by Jerome Boateng.
A cross is delivered by David Bentley, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
The ball is crossed by David Bentley, clearance by Aleksandar Kolarov.
David Bentley sends in a cross, clearance by Vincent Kompany.
Liam Ridgewell delivers the ball, comfortable save by Joe Hart.
Aleksandar Kolarov booked for unsporting behaviour. Foul by Aleksandar Kolarov on David Bentley, free kick awarded. David Bentley delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Shot on goal by David Bentley from just inside the area goes over the target.
Nigel De Jong leaves the field to be replaced by Patrick Vieira.
David Silva gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Craig Gardner. Barry Ferguson restarts play with the free kick.
Foul by Craig Gardner on Edin Dzeko, free kick awarded. Aleksandar Kolarov scores a goal direct from the free kick from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-2 Man City.
(Man City) makes a substitution, with Kolo Toure coming on for Micah Richards.
The ball is crossed by David Bentley, Vincent Kompany manages to make a clearance.
Gareth Barry concedes a free kick for a foul on David Bentley. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Craig Gardner, James Milner gets a block in.
Carlos Tevez is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Ben Foster.
Effort from close in by Edin Dzeko goes wide left of the target.
Lee Bowyer challenges Micah Richards unfairly and gives away a free kick. Aleksandar Kolarov fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, blocked by Barry Ferguson.
Nigel De Jong shown a yellow card. Effort from 35 yards by Craig Gardner went wide of the right-hand upright.
A cross is delivered by Aleksandar Kolarov.
Martin Jiranek fouled by Jerome Boateng, the ref awards a free kick. David Bentley delivers the ball, Goal scored by Nikola Zigic from inside the six-yard box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Birmingham 1-1 Man City.Assist on the goal came from David Bentley.
Stephen Carr crosses the ball, Nikola Zigic takes a shot. Save made by Joe Hart. Corner taken by David Bentley, free kick awarded for a foul by Craig Gardner on Carlos Tevez. Joe Hart takes the free kick.
David Bentley sends in a cross, Cameron Jerome has a headed effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the target.
David Silva fouled by Lee Bowyer, the ref awards a free kick. Vincent Kompany restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Liam Ridgewell, Vincent Kompany makes a clearance.
Short corner taken by James Milner.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by David Silva from the right by-line to the near post, Nikola Zigic makes a clearance.
Foul by Micah Richards on Cameron Jerome, free kick awarded. David Bentley shoots direct from the free kick, blocked by Barry Ferguson.
Carlos Tevez takes a shot. Blocked by Roger Johnson.
Stephen Carr sends in a cross, clearance made by James Milner.
Centre by James Milner, save by Ben Foster.
Craig Gardner gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nigel De Jong. Jerome Boateng takes the direct free kick.
Carlos Tevez grabs a goal from close in to the bottom left corner of the goal. Birmingham 0-1 Man City.Assist by David Silva.
The ball is delivered by James Milner.
Craig Gardner takes a shot from long distance which goes wide of the right-hand post.
New Birmingham signings Obafemi Martins and Curtis Davies could be in the squad to face Manchester City.
Both players should be eligible to play, and while Davies is likely to be on the bench, manager Alex McLeish will take a decision on Martins' fitness nearer the match.
Blues have no other new injury worries, other than long-term absentees James McFadden (knee) and Scott Dann (hamstring).
McLeish was pleased with his transfer window dealings, but frustrated at having to "go right up to the wire" to secure the striker they needed.
They also signed defender Curtis Davies to provide cover for the injured Scott Dann, and secured Tottenham midfielder David Bentley on loan.
McLeish said he is satisfied with the end result, even if it involved a degree of brinkmanship.
He said: "You see doors getting shut in your face over January, so finally getting over the line was great. We're really pleased with the players we brought in.
"We tried a few, Martins was always in that mix, but you've got to keep the balls juggling in the air, and we did that right up to the wire."
McLeish believes that Martins, 26, will bring an extra dimension to his team.
"He's explosive, two-footed and good in the air," he said.
"He's probably a more experienced Chucho Benitez, who did a really good job for us last year and was instrumental in creating chances.
"I believe that Oba will do that as well."
Micah Richards will be missing for Manchester City with an ankle injury.
Although the Blues do not believe the injury is serious, the damage sustained at Notts County on Sunday will be enough to keep him out of the St Andrew's encounter.
Adam Johnson has reported he does not require surgery on an ankle injury that is likely to keep him out for up to three months.
Roberto Mancini is convinced Manchester City have made giant strides since their last encounter with Birmingham in November.
City head to St Andrew's knowing three points are a necessity if they are to keep tabs on Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United.
Yet winning against McLeish's side is something the Blues failed to achieve at Eastlands earlier in the season.
On that occasion, Mancini was condemned for his negative substitutions during a drab goalless draw and received the full brunt of the frustration from the stands.
Since then, City have collected 23 points from a possible 33, establishing themselves in the top four and maintaining a keen interest in the title race.
And, with last summer's arrivals now properly bedded in and Edin Dzeko's £27million transfer-window purchase from Wolfsburg adding further strength, Mancini feels Birmingham will encounter a far better team than the one they frustrated a couple of months ago.
"The team has improved a lot since November," said Mancini.
"We can win, but we must play well because it will be a different game to the last one. I certainly have respect for Birmingham. They are a good team and have a cup final coming up."
City will hope for better fortune on their third visit to the midlands in 12 days.
Sunday's scrappy FA Cup draw at Notts County was preceded by a surprise defeat at Aston Villa, one of only two losses since that earlier Birmingham draw.
Yet the setback leaves City knowing further dropped points may be impossible to claw back.
"It is time we returned to winning ways away from home after the matches at Villa and Notts County, but the away form isn't a frustration for me," said Mancini.
"I understand football very well. I know that there are some moments where maybe you can't score or you concede a goal."
It promises to be a special night for Joe Hart, whose season-long loan at Birmingham last term might have ended in frustrating fashion for City, who were refused permission to recall the player when Shay Given was sidelined during the final weeks of the campaign, but whose spell under McLeish has helped catapult him to the top of Fabio Capello's list of goalkeepers.
"I am sure Joe is very popular with the Birmingham fans because he did very well for them last season," said Mancini.
"It was an important experience for him because now he is one of the best goalkeepers in Europe."
Gardner delivers City blow
Craig Gardner was Birmingham's hero for the second time in a week as he dealt a blow to Manchester City's fading title hopes in a 2-2 draw at St. Andrew's.
Gardner had scored the goal which earned Alex McLeish's side victory over West Ham in the Carling Cup semi-final and followed that up with a late equaliser from the penalty spot as his side salvaged a precious point.
The visitors twice led through Carlos Tevez and Aleksandar Kolarov but were pegged back by Nikola Zigic and then Gardner's sixth goal of the campaign.
It means they are now eight points adrift of Barclays Premier League leaders Manchester United and have played a game more.
There was no doubting the quality of Roberto Mancini's side and Tevez was a constant threat.
But Birmingham's never-say-die attitude surfaced yet again with on-loan David Bentley and veteran Barry Ferguson impressing.
Edin Dzeko posted an early warning to the home side when his low cross was cut out by Ben Foster.
But after four minutes Tevez converted his 17th goal of the campaign.
David Silva was allowed to break into the Birmingham box before finding Tevez.
His shot from a narrow angle took a slight deflection off Martin Jiranek before bobbling into the far corner of the net.
Tevez took up another good position to latch onto a reverse pass from James Milner.
But he failed to make full contact with his shot and Foster saved comfortably.
Joe Hart was seriously tested for the first time after 15 minutes when he tipped over a volley from Zigic.
Birmingham started to get a foothold in the game and drew level thrugh Zigic in the 25th minute.
Bentley angled in a low free-kick from on the left flank and Zigic was first to react at the near post in deflecting the ball past Hart.
The visitors were rattled after their early dominance and Nigel de Jong was yellow carded for bringing down Bentley.
Micah Richards was stretchered off just after the half-way mark when he bravely won the ball in the air but then collided with De Jong.
He was replaced after a lengthy delay by Kolo Toure.
After 41 minutes a superb strike from Kolarov restored the lead for the visitors.
Gardner paid the price for bringing down Dzeko on the edge of the area as Kolarov's powerful shot curled into the corner of the net.
Bentley was posing a threat and Kolarov was booked for a rash challenge on the on loan Tottenham player.
Mancini made a half-time switch with Patrick Vieira replacing De Jong.
Bentley was only just too high with a dipping drive from just outside the box as the action got under way again.
At the other end Jerome Boateng would have been disappointed not to test Foster more seriously after good play by Dzeko.
Birmingham retaliated but Jiranek completely mis-kicked from 12 yards out and Johnson headed just wide from a deep Bentley centre.
Tevez was linking up well with Silva and Foster did well to block a shot from the Argentinian after a diagnol run.
Birmingham levelled for the second time after 77 minutes.
Vieira fouled fellow substitute Kevin Phillips inside the penalty area and up stepped Gardner to hammer the spot-kick past Hart into the roof of the net.
In the last minute Hart tipped over a deflected effort from the alert Phillips.
Kolarov was inches wide with a free-kick in the dying seconds.
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