HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - AUGUST 05: Huddersfield Town fans wave flags prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Huddersfield Town and Derby County at John Smith's Stadium on August 05, 2019 in Huddersfield, England. (Photo by George Wood/Getty Images)
Birmingham City are back in midweek action when they travel to Yorkshire to take on Huddersfield Town on Wednesday.
The Blues go into the game looking for a first win in six and after starting the season so positively, find themselves now peering over their shoulders at the Championship relegation zone.
It’s getting close, if not already there, to ‘must win’ territory for Lee Bowyer’s side and with Huddersfield flying high, it’s yet another real tough match-up to try and get there.
When is the game?
The game takes place on Wednesday 20th October at Huddersfield Town’s John Smith’s Stadium. Kick-off is set for 19:45 and is one of seven Championship fixtures taking place on the night.
Is the game on TV?
It will be shown live on Sky Sports Football via the red button. The main game on the channel itself will be Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion so those wishing to access the Blues game will have to remember to do so by going through the red button.
How can I stream it?
Sky customers can stream the game through the Sky Go app using their smart devices.
Huddersfield Town look to be without Spaniard Alex Vallejo again. The midfielder picked up an injury in the win over Blackburn Rovers at the end of September and has remained out since.
For Lee Bowyer’s side, it’s a mixed bag. Maxime Colin, who has been an ever present in the eleven, was forced off with an achilles injury in the 1-0 loss to West Brom and it looks pretty certain that he will miss the trip to Yorkshire.
Marc Roberts could also be absent. The veteran defender suffered a dead leg against the Baggies and depending on the severity, he may miss time.
Better news for Blues comes in the shape of Ivan Sanchez. The 29-year-old is yet to play a part this season following a long term injury but did manage 45 minutes for the under 23s last week. The game against the Terriers could come a little too soon for the Spaniard but he may find himself with a spot on the bench.
Huddersfield Town: WLLWDW
Birmingham City: LLDLLL
You don’t need to be much of a genius to see who has the better form out of the two from the last six.
Birmingham’s form, to put it politely, has been torrid. One point in the last six games and just one goal scored would leave the most optimistic of fan worried.
Huddersfield on the other hand are exceeding expectations so far this year. Currently sat in the play-off spots, they will be looking to make it back-to-back home wins following Saturday’s comfortable 2-0 victory over Hull City.
There isn’t much to split the two teams in terms of head-to-head records. Over the course of the last 10, Huddersfield Town have three wins to Birmingham’s two with the other five being draws.
In fact, the last five meetings at the John Smith’s Stadium have all ended 1-1.
Huddersfield Town (3-4-3): Nicholls; Pearson, Lees, Colwill; Thomas, Hogg, O’Brien, Toffolo; Sinani, Ward, Holmes
Birmingham City (3-4-3): Sarkic; Sanderson, Dean, Friend; Bela, Gardner, Sunjic, Pedersen; Chong, Deeney, Hogan
Huddersfield Town 1-2 Birmingham City
‘Due a win’ would be an appropriate phrase concerning Lee Bowyer’s side. It feels like a lifetime since they last celebrated one.
Two goals for a team that hasn’t managed one in over a month is a big ask too. But it’s got to happen sooner rather than later, right?
Huddersfield Town: 29/20
Birmingham City: 19/10