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Birmingham v Everton match preview

Birmingham City/Wigan Athletic Premiership 25.09.10 Photo:  Tim Parker Fotosports International Nikola Zigic Birmingham &  Hendry Thomas Wigan Photo via Newscom

Everton, bottom of the league without a victory this season, play Birmingham, unbeaten at home in a year - surely there will be only one winner??


Venue: St Andrew's Date: Saturday, 2 October Kick-off: 1500 BST

Team news from the BBC:

Birmingham are without the suspended Craig Gardner as he starts a three-match ban following his sending-off against Wigan last weekend.

Keith Fahey is expected to be recalled to the left-side of midfield, with Lee Bowyer moving to a central position.

Everton boss David Moyes has reported "one or two doubts" but refused to name the individuals concerned.

Tony Hibbert could return from a groin injury, although Leon Osman is still a concern with bruised ribs.


Suspended: Gardner (three matches)

Injured: McFadden (knee), Michel (dead leg)


Doubtful: Osman (ribs)

Injured: Anichebe (knee), Rodwell (ankle), Saha (calf)


With Liverpool looming after the international break Everton could really do with a win against Alex Mcleish's men on Saturday. Fans and players alike have been scratching their heads after another sloppy start to the season that could have serious repercussions towards the end of the season.

Birmingham have taken to life back in the Premier League like a duck to water and Saturday marks 12 months since their last defeat at St Andrews, is fate about to deal us a kind hand for once?

With no Europe to worry about the players have been able to focus on getting things right in the league, with goalscoring an obvious problem. Yakubu has not looked the same since his achilles injury two years ago but he remains our greatest goalthreat given the injury woes of our other strikers and the inexperience of Jermaine Beckford.

I personally hope Beckford starts against Birmingham as his pace is an asset - perhaps he could drift wide on the right and give our midfield some balance? We certainly have enough creativity in the middle of the park, I am hoping it is just a case of waiting for things to 'click'.

ur poor start to the seaosn has cause endless debate as to what has gone wrong and RBm should be no exception. CC11 gave an excellent run down as to our current problems in a fnashot - check it out on the right sidebar.

But who do you think is to blame? Moyes? Kenwright? The Players? Liverpool??  Do leave your comments below and don't forget to check out our new facebook page!