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27-year-old starts: The predicted Birmingham City XI to face Forest tomorrow

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Birmingham City will be looking to get back to winning ways in the Championship tomorrow when they face Nottingham Forest at St Andrew’s.

Since securing a 2-0 victory over Derby County last month, the Blues have struggled for form in the second-tier as they have suffered defeats to Fulham, Peterborough United and Queens Park Rangers.

Having now gone four games without a win in the Championship, Birmingham will be determined to head into the international break on a high by defeating Forest.

It will be intriguing to see whether Blues manager Lee Bowyer decides to make any alterations to his side for this particular fixture.

Whilst Gary Gardner is set to miss out due to suspension, Kristian Pedersen could be in line to make his return to action after recently suffering a hamstring injury.

Here, we take a look at how Birmingham could line up against Forest…

Having utilised the 3-4-1-2 formation against QPR and Preston North End, Bowyer could opt to stick with this particular set up on Saturday.

Birmingham goalkeeper Matija Sarkic will be looking to claim his sixth clean-sheet of the season against Forest.

Marc Roberts and Harlee Dean are both set to line-up in central defence and could potentially be accompanied by Pedersen if Bowyer is willing to start the defender following his recent injury.

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Whilst Dion Sanderson has shown glimpses of his talent in the club’s recent clashes, Pedersen knows exactly what it takes to thrive in this division as he has made 126 appearances at this level during his career.

Therefore, by using his wealth of experience to his advantage, the 27-year-old may be able to help Birmingham secure victory this weekend.

Jeremie Bela and Maxime Colin will occupy the wing-back roles whilst Ivan Sunjic will feature alongside Ryan Woods in the heart of midfield.

Tahith Chong will be looking to continue his impressive start to his Birmingham spell by featuring in the hole behind Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan.

Deeney will be aiming to score his second goal for the Blues in this clash after opening his account against Fulham in September.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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