Brentford will be travelling to St Andrews hoping they can follow up last weekend’s 2-1 away win over Reading with another win on the road, this time against fellow promotion hopefuls Birmingham City.
Fans of the Blues will have to put fears over hot prospect and key player Demarai Gray completing his £4 million switch to Premier League high-flyers Leicester City to the backs of their minds throughout the 90 minutes, and back their side in order to help them to victory against a plucky Brentford side.
The Bees aren’t without their own fears of transfers, with key man Alan Judge looking likely to swap the London side for table topping Middlesbrough.
A win for both Birmingham and Brentford could push them up to 7th, just a single point off 6th placed Ipswich, should results go their way elsewhere.
Things look set for an entertaining match, so here are THEE things to watch out for:
1) Lasse Vibe
The Danish striker looked isolated up top against Reading in the 2-1 victory, and was in turn limited to chances with his back to goal, and with a few defenders in between him and the net.
If this continues to happen, Brentford could struggle for goals, so Dean Smith could address this by adding another man up top.
Vibe is a good player and he could be important for the Bees if they are to make the play-offs again this season, but he needs some more help from his team mates if he is to thrive.
2) Birmingham support
After seeing their side spurn several opportunities to sneak into the top 6 as well as their surprise attack on the automatic promotion spaces, Birmingham fans will be hoping their side can get their season back on track with a win here.
If they fall behind early on, it will be interesting to see whether they can keep up the support, because if they don’t, the Blues could be in trouble.
Its fair to say that few would have expected Gary Rowett’s side to be up there at this stage but fans will now expect them to keep up their push.
3) Clayton Donaldson
The Blues striker has just returned from a groin injury which has kept him out for many recent weeks, and will be ready to face his former club, and will, hopefully for Blues fans, be ready to do what he does best – score.
If Brentford catch him on form, he could easily punish their defence if they don’t handle him carefully.
Donaldson is probably one of the most underrated strikers in the division and he is a valuable asset to Birmingham’s team.
Birmingham and Brentford fans…What are your predictions for the match? Can both sides close the gap on the play-off places? Will you get promoted this season? Let us know what you think in the comments below!