Three areas Birmingham City need to focus on to beat Blackpool

Birmingham City take on Blackpool tonight with the Blues looking to one up their former manager Lee Clark.

Gary Rowett's Birmingham City face Blackpool tonight in the Championship with the Blues boss looking to celebrate his first win against a former manager of the club.

Blackpool come into the game on the back a six-game winless streak and lie 15 points adrift of safety at the bottom of the division with just 22 points. The Tangerines also have the worst goalscoring and defensive records in the division, and have conceded 16 goals in their last four away games including four to Brentford and seven to Watford.

To win the game, Birmingham City need to focus on three key areas of play:

Creating chances

Under Rowett, Birmingham City have played mainly a classical counter attacking game, with a lone man up front supported by three attacking midfielders with pace. Allowing the opposition to play with the ball in front of them, Blues rely on a defensive midfield duo to break up play and then to spread it quickly to the pacy forwards allowing Blues to get in behind the opposition defence.

Blackpool may well come set up for the draw, defending deep with two banks of four men behind the ball. In this instance, hitting on the counter isn't going to work and Birmingham will need to be more creative in how they make chances. David Cotterill and Paul Caddis down the right will be key men who are both able to get past a defender and whip a cross in for the front men to try and score from.


The centre of the park is not going to be pretty and to retain possession Blues are going to have to be able to hold off some tasty challenges if the recent game between Blackpool and Nottingham Forest is anything to go by. David Davis has been a revelation in the middle and with Stephen Gleeson suspended, Blues may well give a debut to Robert Tesche, who has signed on loan from Forest. Both Davis and Tesche will need to be strong in the challenge and precise in the pass to ensure that Blackpool can't break on Blues quickly.


Birmingham lack height in central defence and will need to be on their toes in set piece situations to ensure Blackpool don't surprise them. Jonathan Spector and Rob Kiernan helped Blues to a clean sheet in their first match as a central defensive pair on Saturday against Brentford - but not without Jonathan Douglas completely missing a free header from a ball slung into the box. Clark will know that his goal-shy Blackpool team have to make the most of every set piece and will be focusing on that to try and nick the points at St Andrew’s.

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