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Preview: Birmingham City vs Hull City

It's a must-win game for Blues who are on the back of 8 straight defeats

Birmingham City host to Hull City today in Garry Monk’s third game in charge since taking over from Steve Cotterill.

Monk’s side sit in 22nd place just three points from safety after a poor season which has seen them sack two managers.

Hull have not fared much better this season but do have a healthy nine point advantage between them and the final relegation place, occupied by Birmingham.

A win for Blues today would certainly bring Hull right back into the a relegation battle after winning their last two games to climb away from the drop zone.

If Birmingham were to lose, it would equal their longest ever losing run of nine defeats in a row.

Despite their poor run of form, Blues have seen and upturn in performances in Monk’s first two games in charge and the former Leeds United manager has never lost three consecutive league matches in charge of the same club.

A win for Hull would see them go to within twelve points of the drop if Sunderland and Burton Albion lose today, almost certainly clinching safety for another season in the Championship, and avoiding two consecutive relegations.

Team News

David Davis could be line to return for Birmingham after missing the last six games with a knee injury, long-term absentees Issac Vassell and Jonathan Grounds remain sidelined.

Following two consecutive wins Nigel Adkins is likely to go with the same side that beat Norwich and Ipswich, although he does have Ondrej Mazuch and Abel Hernandez back in the side to select from.

 

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