Our prediction for this Championship match:
Birmingham City will look to extend their winning run to four games in all competitions when they take on Plymouth in the Championship round 4. The Blues have been impressive at the back of late, with the team eyeing their fourth clean sheet in a row and they are likely to rely on their rock-solid defence in Saturday’s clash. Summer signing Koji Miyoshi is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in a 2-0 win over Bristol City as well as experienced forward Lukas Jutkiewicz, who sealed the victory at the weekend.
Ethan Laird has joined the likes of Marcel Oakley, Tyler Roberts, George Hall, and Marc Roberts in the recovery room. The Pilgrims, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 2-1 loss to Southampton. Plymouth, though, are not regarded as good travellers and we do not believe that they are capable of matching the in-form Blues at St. Andrew’s Stadium.
Highlighted Player (John Ruddy):
John Ruddy is a goalkeeper who was born in St Ives, England on 24 October, 1986. He played for a number of English clubs in the past and he started his senior career at Cambridge United. After making 39 appearances for Cambridge, he signed a deal with Everton for a fee of £250,000.
However, he failed to establish himself as the team’s first-choice shoot-stopper and as a result, he spent a bit part of his career on loan at Walsall, Rushden and Diamonds, Chester City, Stockport County, Wrexham, Bristol City, Crewe Alexandra and Motherwell. In 2010 he made a right decision when he signed for Norwich city for an undisclosed fee as he was immediately given the number 1 shirt. Two years later he received his first England call-up as Roy Hodgson decided to bring him to Euro 2012 finals.
However, Ruddy was forced to withdraw from the squad through injury. John Ruddy is married to Laura and his nickname is “The Iceman”. He was named Norwich City Players’ Player of the Year for the 2011/2012 season.
Highlighted Team (Plymouth):
Nicknamed the Pilgrims, Plymouth are a professional football club that host their rivals at Home Park. The stadium, which can hold up to 18,600 people, was built in 1892 and opened the following year. Plymouth footballers wear dark green jerseys and white shorts when playing in front of home fans, while light green and white are the dominant colours of their away kit.
The Pilgrims made it to the FA Cup semi-finals in the 1983-84 season, with the team advancing to the Football League Cup semis on two occasions (1964-65, 1973-74). The Pilgrims recorded their biggest win against Millwall on January 16, 1932, with the team beating the Lions 8-1, and they repeated the success in 1994 as they rolled over Hartlepool United in the Second Division.
The club suffered their heaviest defeat against Stoke City (0-9) on December 17, 1960. Fellow Devon teams Exeter City and Torquay United are seen as the club’s fiercest rivals.