Our prediction for this Championship match:
Sheffield Wednesday will look to bounce back from a heavy 4-1 loss to Coventry City when they face Birmingham City in the Championship round 31. The Owls have been struggling at the back of late, with the team conceding ten goals in total in the previous four league matches. All John Buckley, Callum Paterson, and Dominic Iorfa are sidelined with injuries, but there are no suspended players in the home team.
The Blues, on the other hand, aim to bounce back from a 1-0 loss to West Bromwich Albion. Birmingham City are not regarded as good travellers, and seeing that Sheffield Wednesday are eager to keep their survival hopes alive, home win should be considered. The likes of Dion Sanderson, John Ruddy, Cody Drameh, Alfie Chang, and George Hall are out of contention with injuries, speaking of the visiting team. Jay Stansfield is widely expected to lead the line for the away team.
Highlighted Player (Reece James):
Reece James is a talented Chelsea defender who plays for Wigan Athletic on loan. Born in Redbridge, England on December 8, 1999, James started his youth career at Chelsea football academy at the age of 6. The talented teenager played for England U18 and U19 teams and he currently represents the U20 team on the international stage.
Reece James scored 3 goals in 45 appearances for Wigan in the 2018/2019 Championship campaign, but that did not help the Latics avoid relegation to the League One. His numbers from the 2018/2019 season are impressive as he completed 91 successful tackles, 54 blocks, 44 successful dribbles and 93 clearances.
James, on the other hand, has yet to find the net for the England U20 national team. His main position is right back, but he is capable of playing as both centre-back and defensive midfielder as well. Reece James turned professional in March 2017.
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.