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Birmingham City vs. Blackpool

St Andrews

23rd October 2010

15:00

Preview: Birmingham v Blackpool

Blackpool travel to St Andrews as Birmingham City are the next side to try and stem the tangerine tide away from home.

The Seasiders have been magnificent away from Bloomfield Road, winning at Wigan, Newcastle and Liverpool.

However, the Blues are a formidable force when hosting Premiership football, having lost just once in 12 months. That defeat came the other week to Everton.

With both teams seen to play fluent passing football, it should be a 90 minute treat of football.

It's 46 years since this fixture took place in the top flight, but last time out 'Pool had the beating of their midlands opponents.

A Gary Taylor-Fletcher goal just after the break in 2008 gave Simon Grayson's side a huge win towards their Championship survival. That day the likes of Alan Gow and Steve Kabba played a part; this time it'll be the Marlon Harewood's and DJ Campbell's who see if 'Pool get another three points towards Premiership survival.

Vital Quotes:

Ian Holloway on DJ Campbell's lack of goals: 'After the City game, they were talking about the finishing being the difference.

'I wouldn't even describe DJ's chance as a miss.

'If you look at Carlos Tevez's first goal - that flick came off his heel. He didn't know what he was doing but it went in.

'DJ knew exactly what he was doing and he was just plain unlucky.

'I guarantee he will score goals in the Premier League.

'The goal he got at Newcastle was fantastic but I can't believe what is being said.

'There is nothing that tells me DJ, with his appetite, will not score at this level the more games he gets under his belt. He just needs to keep believing in himself.

'Never has so much been written by so many about so little. It is easy to get all caught up in it and we've got to learn not to let that happen.'

Alex McLeish on soft goals: 'We have looked at all the goals and it has been unlike us, the goals at West Brom were disturbing.

'When they got in for their equaliser, we were a bit slack and for me it was unlike us the reaction - as poor a reaction as I`ve seen from us. I think we had a similar one with Burnley last year.

'A poor miscontrol allowed Odemwingie to get behind so quickly after the first they scored, an own goal.

'These goals - and others - we easily could have avoided.'

Birmingham City Team News:

Nikola Zigic could start after Cameron Jerome still struggles with a knee injury.

Aleksandr Hleb could be key as he comes up against either Stephen Crainey or Neal Eardley, which will provide a tasty encounter.

Luckily, goalscoring threat Craig Gardner is out through suspension.

Player to watch: Matt Derbyshire

The former Blackburn Rovers man is a potent goalscoring threat. Nippy and agile, Ian Evatt and co will have to be on their toes.

Blackpool Team News:

There are no new injury worries, with Billy Clarke, Alex Baptiste and Paul Rachubka still injured.

Keith Southern could start a game for the first time this season.

Player to watch: Charlie Adam

Up against former Scotland captain Barry Ferguson, Adam will want to build on his sterling display against Man City on Sunday.

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