Birmingham City will host Huddersfield Town in a FA Cup fourth round replay tonight, in a game that could define the rest of the Blues’ season.
City, who are one of the in-form teams in the Championship right now, have the chance to set up an extremely lucrative fifth round tie with Premier League giants Manchester United.
The potential draw was made a few weeks back, but in order to take on the Red Devils, they must first get past a determined Huddersfield side who are looking for something to prove.
The Terriers will want an instant chance to make up for their 2-0 loss to United in the league at the weekend, in a game which saw them fail to showcase what they can do on the biggest stage.
Their current relegation troubles are indeed worrisome as they find themselves down in 19th position and, because of that, you have to question how much of an investment they will make in a potential FA Cup run.
On the opposite end of the spectrum the Blues are hardly safe, ironically in 19th place too and, with 16 games remaining in the Championship, they could easily be dragged back down into the mix. With that being said, the strength of their squad combined with recent results leads us to believe that they will have no problems going all out in tonight’s FA Cup clash.
Unfortunately, they will have to do so without defender Jonathan Grounds who has been ruled out due to a knee injury, with midfielder Jacques Maghoma being a doubt for the game.
Still, the atmosphere will likely be electric at St Andrew’s, and we have seen in years gone by that Birmingham City can be a force to be reckoned with when the fans are on their side.
After all, winning the League Cup back in 2011 was no small feat.