Birmingham City’s penultimate game of pre-season kicks-off away at Cheltenham Town on what will be the hottest day of the year on Tuesday evening.
The Blues are now just 180 minutes of football away from their first competitive match of the season away at Luton Town and this is where, if we haven’t already, we will really start seeing exactly what John Eustace is planning for that trip to Kennilworth Road a week on Saturday.
Whilst he will hope to add to his squad further before the big kick-off, the next two matches will likely provide us with a rough blue print for that first Championship fixture.
Here’s all the details you need ahead of the game.
When and where is the match?
Cheltenham Town vs Birmingham City takes place at Cheltenham’s home, The Jonny-Rocks Stadium on Tuesday 19th July.
Kick-off is scheduled for 19:45.
Is the game on TV?
Whilst the game isn’t on any traditional TV channels, Blues fans will be able to watch the full thing live on BluesTV for a one off fee of £4.99. Those wishing to buy a match pass can do so here.
Latest signings John Ruddy and Auston Trusty will both likely get their first taste of action in a Blues shirt on Tuesday evening.
Ruddy who penned a permanent deal following his release from Wolverhampton Wanderers will come in to compete for the number one spot whilst Trusty, signed on loan from Arsenal, will look to win a starting berth with a positive performance.
Away from those two with the former expected to start, the team could look very similar to the one that narrowly beat Burton Albion last time out.
Whilst nobody gets too excited about pre-season fixtures, Tuesday evening will provide a chance to watch an extremely rare fixture in the calendar.
Blues have faced the Robins just once in competitive action since both were formed.
That game was an FA Cup fixture way back in 1990 at St Andrew’s with Birmingham edging out a 1-0 win on the day.