Birmingham City will be looking to build upon their recent upturn in form when they face Brentford at St Andrew’s tomorrow.
Following a relatively underwhelming start to the season in the Championship, the Blues have stepped up their performances since the turn of the year.
Currently on a nine-game unbeaten run in all competitions, Birmingham could move within seven points of the play-off places by beating Brentford.
Having defeated Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Barnsley this month, the Blues will head into their clash with the Bees brimming with confidence.
However, when you consider that Brentford are fourth in the second-tier standings, Birmingham will have to be on top-form to seal all three points in-front of their own supporters.
Although the Blues surrendered vast sways of possession during their clash with Barnsley on Tuesday, a second-half strike from Scott Hogan sealed an impressive away victory for Pep Clotet’s side.
With the Bees expected to dictate play this weekend, Birmingham may look to exploit their opponents on the counter-attack.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of Saturday’s fixture, David Prutton has predicted that the Blus will be held to a 2-2 draw by Brentford.
The 38-year-old said: “Birmingham are sneaking back up the table, having won three games in a row.
“They seem to be getting the best out of Scott Hogan, too.
“Brentford missed an opportunity against Leeds United in midweek but are still right in the thick of the battle.
“Draw here for me.”
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Whilst Birmingham will be under no illusion about the dangers that Brentford will pose tomorrow, there is no reason why they cannot secure a positive at St Andrew’s.
Providing that they can stifle Said Benrahma and Ollie Watkins, the Blues could seal an unlikely victory against a Bees side who are fighting automatic promotion.
Given that Hogan has already formed a fruitful partnership with Lukas Jutkiewicz since his loan switch from Aston Villa, it would not be at all surprising if he nets his fourth goal for Birmingham against his former team.
By beating Brentford, the Blues could use the momentum gained from this result to push on in the second-tier in the coming weeks under the guidance of Clotet.