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2 changes: The Birmingham City XI that Clotet should play v Fulham tomorrow

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Birmingham City will be hoping to get back to winning ways in the Championship tomorrow, but they face a tough game against promotion-chasing Fulham at St Andrew’s.

The Blues have made an encouraging start to the season under Pep Clotet, although they’ll be looking to bounce back following their 4-2 defeat at Cardiff City last weekend.

However, they’ve still made an encouraging start to the season and are currently 12th in the table, three points outside the play-offs.

Fulham have also made a promising start to the season under Scott Parker, but Birmingham can take confidence from the fact that they’ve won their last three matches at home.


Here is the Birmingham starting line-up that Clotet should play for the clash at St Andrew’s…

Despite the defeat at Cardiff last weekend, Clotet should stick with the 4-4-2 formation that has brought him a lot of success this season.

Lee Camp should keep his place in goal and the shot-stopper will be determined to keep his fifth clean sheet of the season after conceding four times last weekend.

Clotet will be forced to make one change to his back four from the defeat at Cardiff. Captain Harlee Dean is suspended following his sending off at the Cardiff City Stadium and the Blues were unsuccessful in their attempts to get his red card overturned.

Chelsea loanee Jake Clarke-Salter should come into the side alongside Marc Roberts at centre-back. Kristian Pedersen has two goals in his last two matches for the Blues, he should start at left-back, with Maxime Colin at right-back.

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Moving into midfield, Ivan Sunjic scored for the Blues last weekend and will be hoping to continue his impressive start to the season, he should start in the centre alongside Jude Bellingham, who has impressed hugely since breaking into the first-team.

Fran Villalba should start on the left, with Daniel Crowley on the right.

Lukas Jutkiewicz should keep his place up front, but Clotet might want to change things slightly when it comes to his strike partner.

Kerim Mrabti is yet to score this season, so perhaps Clotet might want to consider handing Alvaro Gimenez his first start in three matches.

The Spanish striker has only scored one goal for Birmingham since arriving at the club in the summer, but he will provide the Blues with more of a physical presence up front against a strong Fulham side.

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