Predicting the results of Birmingham City's first six Championship games

General view before the game - St Andrew's Birmingham City

The Blues enjoyed a promising campaign last season, but ultimately failed to maintain their play-off push.

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett

Birmingham City go into this term looking to build on the promising season they enjoyed last year, where they often threatened to be in the play-off hunt, but ultimately ran out of steam during the latter weeks of the campaign. 

Gary Rowett will be hoping that his side can at least match the form they began last season with. The Blues won three of their opening six games, and lost just once.

Here is how we expect the Midlands side to get on during their opening six fixtures:

Cardiff City (Home) - Draw

Like Birmingham, Cardiff threatened to make a charge for the play-off places but came up short in the end last year. Though the Bluebirds have a new manager at the helm, Rowett may feel that this game is the perfect opportunity to assess what progress has been made in the summer, and thus, he will be desperate for his side to avoid defeat.

Swansea City manager Garry Monk

Leeds United (Away) - Lose

The Blues may have won when they last visited Elland Road, but United got them back with a win at St Andrew's that all but quashed their play-off dream. With Garry Monk now in charge, the Whites may have too much for Birmingham when they meet in the second game of the season, especially with the fans looking to inspire the team to a victory in their first home game under their new manager.

Wigan Athletic (Away) - Win

Should the Blues make a lacklustre start, Rowett will be looking to the game against the Latics as a great chance to get their campaign off and running. Though Wigan will be on a high following promotion, Birmingham have the experience in their squad to burst their balloon and seal a first win of the season.

Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Kenny Jackett

Wolverhampton Wanderers (Home) - Win

When Birmingham last played Wolves, it was the former that were creating most of the chances while the latter were only able to salvage a point because of the performance of their goalkeeper Carl Ikeme. If the Blues can play in a similar way, they will be extremely unlucky to find the man between the sticks for Kenny Jackett's side in such inspired form again. Though Wolves' squad looks extremely strong on paper, the number of long-term injuries they had last year means that they may still be finding out what their best team is weeks into the new campaign. 

Norwich City (Home) - Draw

Off the back of two impressive wins, Birmingham will have a huge amount of confidence to take into their game with the Canaries. And that will be required as Alex Neil's men will be itching to get their season off to a flyer as they try to get back into the top flight at the first attempt. It will arguably be their toughest test of the campaign so far, but they will know that they will have to be very good to get anything from the game which may benefit their preparation enormously.

Fulham (Away) - Win

The Cottagers would have surely been in a lot more trouble last season had it not been for the goals of Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele. The pair formed one of the division's most lethal partnerships, but the team still finished well inside the bottom half. Should the pair end up moving on this summer, which appears to be very possible (ESPN - Dembele, Daily Mail - McCormack), Fulham will be a much less threatening prospect and the Blues should be more than capable of exploiting their questionable defence. 

General view before the game - St Andrew's Birmingham City

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