Our prediction for this Championship match:
Fulham will be aiming to build on a 2-1 win over QPR when they face Birmingham City at their Craven Cottage. The Cottagers quickly bounced back from a 3-0 loss to Leeds United, with the team moving one step closer to booking their place in the playoffs. The triumph in the local derby gave Scott Parker’s men a confidence boost, and even though key attacker Aleksandar Mitrovic is sidelined through suspension, home win should be considered.
Since the Blues experienced all sorts of problems at the back in a 3-0 loss to Huddersfield Town, they are unlikely to spoil Fulham’s party at Craven Cottage. In the first half of the season Aleksandar Mitrovic’s goal helped Fulham beat Birmingham at St. Andrew’s Stadium. This time out the Serbian attacker will not lead the line for the hosts. In his absence, a man to watch in the home team will be Ivan Cavaleiro.
Highlighted Player (Tom Cairney):
Tom Cairney is a professional footballer who plays for Fulham. His main position is central midfielder, but he plays as an attacking midfielder and a right midfielder as well. The left-footed player was born in Nottingham, England on 20 January, 1991 and he started his youth career at Leeds United.
In 2007 he moved to Hull City and he was named Hull’s Young Player of the Year for the 2008/2009 campaign. After making 70 league appearances for the Tigers he joined Blackburn Rovers on 1 August, 2013 on loan and on 2 January, 2014 he signed a permanent deal with the Riversiders. At the end of the 2014/2015 Championship campaign he joined Fulham.
Tom Cairney’s father is Scottish and, as a result, the Fulham footballer decided to represent Scotland on the international stage. Cairney has 2 caps for Scotland U-21 and he made 6 appearances for Scotland U-21 team. It has to be noted that he suffered a serious injury in August 2012. The injury forced him to be out of contention for over three months.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City.
The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game.
The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.