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Preview: Birmingham City vs. Huddersfield Town - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Wednesday's Championship fixture between Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town, including team news and predicted lineups.

Birmingham City welcome Huddersfield Town to St Andrew's on Wednesday evening looking to end a six-match winless streak in the Championship.

Meanwhile, the Terriers make the trip to the West Midlands having had their recent strong run ended with a home defeat against Preston North End.


Match preview

Birmingham City manager Aitor Karanka pictured on October 4, 2020© Reuters

When Birmingham edged out Brentford on the opening day of the campaign, supporters were in full support of newly-appointed head coach Aitor Karanka.

However, six matches without success and just two goals being added in the final third have left the Spaniard under pressure to set up his Blues XI in a different way.

Although Karanka will argue that four draws from the most recent period have kept the club away from the relegation zone, fans are quickly losing patience with the lack of attacking threat.

Birmingham have now gone just under 300 minutes without finding the back of the net, leaving only Wycombe Wanderers with a lower return in front of goal.

Huddersfield also have an average record when it comes to delivering an end product with just six strikes coming from their seven fixtures.

Unlike Birmingham, though, three wins have been posted, handing them a three-point advantage over their next opponents ahead of Wednesday's encounter.

Ten points had been registered from a possible 12 before Saturday's home defeat to Preston, who prevailed thanks to Alan Browne's double early in the second half.

Despite that streak being brought to a halt, Carlos Corberan will be delighted with how his players have adapted to his style of play after a slow start.

The former Leeds United coach will want to see more contributions from his forward players with Fraizer Campbell sitting on his own at the top of the scoring charts with just two goals.

Birmingham City Championship form: DDDLLD

Huddersfield Town Championship form: LWDWWL


Team News

Christopher Schindler in action for Huddersfield Town on October 26, 2019© Reuters

Huddersfield could switch back to a four-man backline with Naby Sarr sitting out the game through suspension.

Richard Stearman and Christopher Schindler should rekindle their partnership in the centre, while Adama Diakhaby is a likely inclusion on one of the flanks.

Karanka is expected to hand a recall to Lukas Jutkiewicz, who was only named as a substitute on his return from illness at the weekend.

Adam Clayton is still missing for Birmingham due to the ban that he picked up for his dismissal against Norwich City.

Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Etheridge; Friend, Dean, Roberts; Colin, Gardner, Sunjic, San Jose, Pedersen; Hogan, Jutkiewicz

Huddersfield Town possible starting lineup:
Hamer; Pipa, Stearman, Schindler, Toffolo; Eiting, Hogg; Bacuna, O'Brien, Diakhaby; Campbell


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We say: Birmingham City 1-1 Huddersfield Town

Everything points to this contest lacking in goals and entertainment. While Karanka is coming under increasing pressure to show more ambition in the final third, he may have to settle for a share of the spoils against opponents who have improved in recent weeks.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Norwich CityNorwich148421811728
2Bournemouth157622516927
3Swansea CitySwansea15762168827
4Bristol City158341915427
5Brentford157532213926
6Reading148242318526
7Watford136521811723
8Middlesbrough14572148622
9Stoke CityStoke146442118322
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn1463527161121
11Cardiff CityCardiff155552013720
12Millwall144821210220
13Barnsley155461717019
14Preston North EndPreston156182023-319
15Luton TownLuton145451117-619
16Huddersfield TownHuddersfield155371822-418
17Queens Park RangersQPR154561722-517
18Birmingham CityBirmingham153751114-316
19Coventry CityCoventry153571525-1014
20Rotherham UnitedRotherham153481420-613
21Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest14338917-812
22Wycombe WanderersWycombe14248720-1310
23Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds14356712-58
24Derby CountyDerby15159722-158

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