Birmingham City vs Preston North End - starting lineups confirmed for Championship clash

Team news live from St Andrew’s for Birmingham City vs Preston North End, including the starting lineups and substitutes.

Kick off is fast approaching for Birmingham City vs Preston North End in the Sky Bet Championship as both sides look to turn things around after a poor run of form. Blues have not tasted a league victory since December 16 - when they faced Reading - so three points are long overdue.

Bluenoses have had a torrid time of late as their side have lost four successive Championship games, conceding 11 goals in the process. Eustace will be eager to put the record straight this afternoon on a day when Blues mark their annual tribute to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.

Preston, meanwhile, have slumped to 13th in the league standings after four defeats in their last five outings. The North End did earn three points away at Stoke City on January 2, but they have fallen well away from the playoff spots – where they were originally hoping to finish.

Without further ado, here are the confirmed starting lineups and substitutes for this afternoon’s clash. See below.

Birmingham City vs Preston North End starting lineups

Blues starting XI vs Preston: Ruddy (GK); Colin, Sanderson, Long, Trusty, Bielik, Hannibal, Chong, Khadra, Hogan, Deeney.

Blues subs vs Preston: Etheridge (GK), Friend, Graham, Bacuna, James, Chang, Jutkiewicz.

Preston starting XI vs Blues: Woodman (GK), Lindsay, Delap, Browne, Brady, McCann, Storey, Hughes, Ledson, Woodburn, Cannon.

Preston subs vs Blues: Cornell (GK), Cunningham, Fernandez, Diaby, Johnson, Parrott, Evans.