Birmingham City will look to build on their fine start to the season when they take on Stoke City at St. Andrew’s this afternoon.
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Lee Bowyer’s side enjoyed a superb opening day win at Sheffield United and followed that up by progressing in the League Cup in midweek, when the boss rotated his team.
Given the performance at Bramall Lane, Bowyer was always going to keep changes to a minimum, but he has been forced into one, with Tahith Chong, who starred last week, missing out through injury.
His place in the XI has been taken by Ivan Sunjic and it could signal a shift in formation, with a midfield diamond a possibility or it could be a back three with Jeremie Bela as a wing-back.
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Either way, it’s fair to say that most fans recognise that Chong will be a loss and here we look at some of the reaction to the team news from Twitter…
Hmmm not sure I like that. Got to trust in LB. I’m sure he knows more than me 🤣
— Alan Gormley ⚽️🏑🏀🥎🏉🏏 (@alanmgormley) August 14, 2021
I don't understand why Sanchez can't get a game. He is our most creative player and he can score. I don't get it
— Lee (@LeeMarkoKRO) August 14, 2021
How the hell does Leko keep getting in the squad ridiculous.
— gary johnson (@garygaryjohnson) August 14, 2021
Good team, obvs if Chong is fit he is the first name on the team sheet.
Come you Bluessssss. 3 W's from 3 🤞#KRO
— 🏐🌍 (@1875_KRO_BCFC) August 14, 2021
Either a diamond with Bela in the 10 or back 5 with bela LB? Probably the latter
— Eric Zimmerman 🏴 (@EricZimBCFC) August 14, 2021
wtf is this formation I’m confused
— woods (@woods_htw) August 14, 2021
Why isn’t Sanchez starting? He’s arguably our best player
— Max Bradley (@MRMAXBRADLEY_) August 14, 2021