Birmingham City will be looking to extend their fantastic run of form under Lee Bowyer when they welcome Cardiff City to St. Andrew’s this afternoon.
The former player has transformed Blues’ fortunes since he succeeded Aitor Karanka, with the team picking up 17 points from eight games.
That has ensured safety with two games to go and the boss has revealed that he will use the final two games to assess his squad as he has one eye on next season.
Therefore, changes were expected and Bowyer has made plenty. Here we look at the XI he has gone with…
Blues: Zach Jeacock, Marc Roberts (captain), George Friend, Jonathan Leko, Sam Cosgrove, Rekeem Harper, Josh Dacres-Cogley, Ivan Sunjic, Amari Miller, Steve Seddon, Ryan Stirk.
Substitutes: Connal Trueman, Nico Gordon, Harlee Dean, Kristian Pedersen, Gary Gardner, Riley McGree, Ivan Sanchez, Jeremie Bela, Lukas Jutkiewicz.
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Dean, Pedersen, Gardner, Sanchez and Jutkiewicz had all been regulars for Blues since the new boss came in, but they will start on the bench against the Bluebirds.
Birmingham are unbeaten in four at home since Bowyer took over, with the controversial draw against Nottingham Forest last time out the only game they haven’t won on their own patch since his appointment.
Cardiff won the reverse fixture between the sides, coming from behind to win 3-2 in the Welsh capital in what was an entertaining clash.