Birmingham City caretaker manager Pep Clotet has said that he expects Saturday’s game with Fulham to be a ‘fight for possession’, as quoted via the club’s official Twitter feed.
The Spanish coach has his sights firmly set on Saturday as his side look to bounce back from a 4-2 defeat against Cardiff last weekend.
Sitting 12th in the Championship table, the Blues are just three points off the play-off places and a result against Fulham would see them push themselves into the chasing pack.
Fulham, are currently sitting eighth but are just one point ahead of Clotet’s side – meaning their visit to St Andrew’s is a big one.
Clotet, who was speaking to press on Thursday afternoon, said: “I am expecting the Fulham game will be a fight for possession, Fulham like to keep the ball and create chances, we need to make sure we get on the ball as much as possible, the game will probably be decided by percentages in possession.”
Dominating games has been key for Birmingham this season, controlling possession in three of their least four games.
Fulham on the other hand are no strangers to keeping hold of the ball either, having a remarkable 75% of the ball.
Despite both sides controlling their last games on the pitch, both lost to Cardiff and Hull City respectively – so it will be interesting to see if one relinquishes possession and takes more risks.
Birmingham are expected to welcome Jeremie Bela into their squad after he completed his move from Albacete in midweek.