Birmingham City and Hull City will be looking to play themselves out of trouble when they meet at St Andrews this weekend.
Gary Monk’s Blues are sat in the bottom three having only won 30 points so far this season. Birmingham are only three points away from safety though with Barnsley just ahead of them.
Hull City’s season is not going much better than their opponents with the Tigers sitting in 17th place. A whole nine points ahead of the bottom three, Hull must be on their toes to ensure they stay in the Sky Bet Championship for next season.
Birmingham City are currently on a poor run of form having not won in seven matches in the Sky Bet Championship including a defeat to bitter rivals to Aston Villa. Their last victory came away at Sheffield Wednesday back at the start of February.
Monk’s side produced a brave second half performance last Saturday as they nearly completed a comeback against second placed Cardiff City. Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Craig Bryson and Callum Paterson raced the Welsh side into a 3-0 lead before half time.
Craig Gardner and Maxime Colin scored second half goals but could not help the Blues turn the game around in their favour.
Hull City are in much better form than their opponents which has seen them rise up the table and formed a gap between themselves and the bottom three.
Impressive wins at East Anglian rivals Norwich City and Ipswich Town have seen Adkins’ side move up to 17th in the Sky Bet Championship.
A thumping 3-0 win on Tuesday night at Portman Road opened up a nine point gap. Markus Henriksen scored the first and set the tone for the rest of the match. Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson scored the second before top scorer Jarrod Bowen secured the points.
Birmingham City fans will want to forget the reverse fixture with the Tigers hitting the Blues for six. An emphatic 6-1 win at the KCOM Stadium started in just seven minutes when Fraizer Campbell found the net. David Meyler, Bowen, Kamil Grosicki, Henriksen and Sebastian Larsson added the rest before Sam Gallagher put a consolation on the board for the visitors.