Birmingham City will be looking to extend their current winning run in all competitions to five games when they host Brentford at St Andrew’s this afternoon.
The Blues, who are currently 14th in the Championship standings, have managed to step up their performances in recent weeks following a mixed start to the 2019/20 campaign under the guidance of head coach Pep Clotet.
Since suffering a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Wigan Athletic on New Year’s Day, the Blues have amassed 14 points from a possible eighteen on offer.
After sealing an impressive 3-1 victory over Bristol City earlier this month, Birmingham backed up this display by beating Barnsley at Oakwell on Tuesday.
Although the Tykes dominated possession during this particular fixture, the Blues secured all three points via a second-half strike from Scott Hogan.
Having scored three goals in his first three appearances for Birmingham following his loan move from Aston Villa, the forward will be determined to add to his tally against his former side today.
Speaking to Sky Sports ahead of the fixture, pundit Phil Thompson has predicted that the Blues will be held to a 1-1 draw by Brentford.
The former England international said: “Birmingham are doing well at the minute.
“It is a tough one for Brentford as the hosts are on a fine run.
“It can be a difficult place to go [St Andrew’s], especially if they are full of confidence.
“Brentford, after their draw with Leeds United, may have lost some of their confidence.
“They went in flying and expecting to win, but came away with a 1-1 draw, which was a struggle in itself.
“I think this will be the same outcome here.”
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Although Birmingham have impressed during their recent fixtures, they will have to be at their very best to secure a positive result against a Brentford side who are fourth in the Championship standings.
Given that the Bees currently have Ollie Watkins, Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbeumo at their disposal, it would be somewhat of a shock if they fail to score at St Andrew’s.
However, when you consider that Birmingham are accustomed to playing on the counter-attack, they may be able to spring a surprise this afternoon.
Providing that the likes of Jude Bellingham, Jeremie Bela and Hogan are on top-form, the Blues could potentially move within seven points of the play-off places in the second-tier by beating Brentford.