Birmingham vs Ipswich by Luke
Birmingham couldn't do much more in their 4:0 defeat away to Newcastle last weekend, as the home team which is probably the best in Championship was looking for response and actually had a really great day in front of own fans. Gayle opened the match with two goals within first twenty-five minutes, while the visitors looked passive and couldn't do much more in offense for all ninety minutes.
Players of Newcastle did lower the tempo a little, but were still dominant and sealed the victory with two goals in the repetition, via Gouffran and third from Gayle. This was second consecutive loss for Birmingham, as the team previously lost at home to Barnsley and now need to look to bounce back to winning ways as soon as possible. They are at eight position at the moment, having just a point less than play-off placed sides and a victory here is a must thing for them.
Right back Jonathan Spector returns into the team, same as midfielder David Davis. Long term absentee is right back Paul Caddis (without performing so far in the season), while they also miss full back Rhoys Wiggins (2/0). Doubtful is offensive midfielder Jacques Maghoma (16/2) due illness.
Ipswich had all the chances to walk away with a three pointer last weekend in a home game against Cardiff, but the team stood to a 1:1 draw even though they played last twenty minutes of the game with a man more. Their guests took the lead before the halftime whistle via Gunnarsson, but Varney replied with an equalizer seven minutes into the second halftime.
The game itself was quite a balanced one and the final result is far, even though the players of Ipswich had more of the ball possession, especially in last twenty minutes however without making real goalscoring chances and changing the result. Ipswich is now at seventeenth position, havint wenty-five points earned which is five more than red zone placed Cardiff. One of the biggest problem for them would be scoring goals, since only Wigan scored less so far in Championship.
Midfielders Luke Hyam and Giles Coke remain to be sidelined with long term injuries, without performing so far in the season. Central defender Tommy Smith (2/0) and midfielder Paul Digby (1/0) also remain sidelined, however without much of influence this season.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Birmingham's last 3 games (Championship).
Birmignham now needs to respond with a better performance and result after two consecutive defeats. Ipswich managed to get only one victory in last five matches and away from home, they don't look that impressive, especially in offense. Easy or hard, home team should be able to respond here and get a victory against Tractor Boys, who are struggling to score goals on the road.