Burton Albion v Birmingham City preview: What time does it start, and what channel is it on?

Birmingham manager Gary Rowett

Gary Rowett faces a potentially tricky test on his return to the Pirelli Stadium.

Birmingham manager Gary RowettBirmingham manager Gary Rowett

Birmingham have made an impressive start to the Championship season, and the Blues will climb up to third if they manage to defeat Burton at the Pirelli Stadium on Friday evening.

Visiting manager Gary Rowett had a successful stint in charge of the Brewers between 2012 and 2014, leading the club to two play-off finishes in League Two and departing with the club well on their way to promotion from the fourth tier.

Jacques Maghoma of Birmingham CityJacques Maghoma also returns to his former club

Rowett should receive a warm reception on his return, but the more pressing concern for the hosts is ensuring they pick up vital points as they look to establish a cushion between themselves and the bottom three.

The Key Battle - Kyle McFadzean vs Lukas Jutkiewicz

McFadzean has been a solid addition to the Brewers defence having joined from MK Dons in the summer, but Jutkiewicz has four goals in six league starts this season and will be confident of adding to his tally on Friday evening.

Burton Albion's Kyle McFadzean in action with Liverpool's Sadio ManeBurton Albion's Kyle McFadzean in action with Liverpool's Sadio Mane

Last Meeting:

This is the first ever meeting in any competition between Burton and Birmingham. 

Recent league form – most recent last:

Burton - LLDWDL

Birmingham - WDDWLW

Who’s the ref?

Tim Robinson is the man in the middle at the Pirelli taking in his thirteenth game of the season.

He has so far shown 58 yellow cards and three reds, and has taken charge of both of these teams - Robinson had the whistle for Birmingham's opening day draw with Cardiff as well as Burton's draw at Fulham.

Newcastle United's Mohamed Diame receives a yellow card from Tim RobinsonNewcastle United's Mohamed Diame receives a yellow card from referee Tim Robinson

What time is kick off?

The action from the Pirelli Stadium begins at 7.45pm

Where can I watch it?

Sky Sports 1 are showing this Friday night fixture, with coverage getting underway at 7pm.

Odds

Burton - 13/8

Draw - 9/4

Birmingham - 9/5

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