New role for Lee Buchanan as 'excellent' signing earns first start - Birmingham City predicted XI vs Blackburn Rovers

Here’s how we predict Birmingham City’s lineup to look against John Eustace’s Blackburn Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship.

Birmingham City will be reunited with former head coach John Eustace as Blues play host to Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday evening. Jon Dahl Tomasson left the Lancashire side by mutual consent at the weekend despite recording a 3-1 victory over Stoke City. Eustace then replaced him with immediate effect.

Back at St Andrew’s @ Knighthead Park for the first time since the FA Cup replay against Hull City on January 16, Bluenoses will be eager to give their side a lift after a painful 2-0 defeat away at Sheffield Wednesday. They’ll also be keen to say a belated thanks to Eustace as the 44-year-old never got a proper send-off after his sudden sacking in October.

Blues are desperate for a win to get their season back on track as the defeat at Hillsborough narrowed the gap to the drop zone to merely three points. With Wednesday direct rivals in the relegation fight, that result was particularly painful. A chance to bounce back awaits, though, as Blackburn - four points above Blues - are another team in trouble.

Tony Mowbray, who is still experimenting with a squad he's hoping to bolster in the summer, is likely to switch things up following the disappointment in Sheffield. Dion Sanderson isn't back just yet, so he won't be back, but other changes in defence and midfield could benefit Blues. With that in mind, here's the XI we think Birmingham will name.