Birmingham City v Leeds United
St Andrews, Saturday 12:15 kick off
A meeting of two sides that are not going through a great time of things at present. A result for either side could kick start their season.
Just a single win to show for their efforts in the opening month has led to tension amongst fans of the Blues. Lee Clark’s side did finally manage to win at home after failing to do so throughout the whole of 2014 up to the start of the season. That remains the only positive thus far and a 4-0 loss at Wigan to end the month left discontent amongst supporters. It sums up the state of the club when some fans take to social media to celebrate the news of Lee Novak’s injury. Something I never thought I would write. Stories in the week surfaced that Birmingham were in talks with former Chelsea and France international Florent Malouda, but Clark and Malouda’s stories were rather different. The Blues manager claiming that it was becoming difficult to agree terms, whilst the Frenchman’s comments that he posted on his twitter account can be viewed below leaving Birmingham short of players and short of motivation ahead of a busy period. Clayton Donaldson has scored 2 goals so far since his move from Brentford and he is this game’s key man.
Just saw another story linking me with a championship club. I don’t know any Lee Clark. Must be ice bucket challenge collateral damage …
— Florent Malouda (@realflorentm) September 9, 2014
So Now they pretend to talk with my agent… I wish one day they introduce me to that mysterious agent… I simply don’t have any #ownboss
— Florent Malouda (@realflorentm) September 10, 2014
Leeds remain without a manager after the international break despite reports that retired strikers Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink and Robbie Fowler have both shown an interest in the role. United did record their second win of the season before the internationals with a hard fought 1-0 win over Bolton at Elland Road. Everything is far from rosy at the Yorkshire club and it could be a blessing to have this spell of game after game so the focus can turn to matters on the pitch. After the final hour exits of Matt Smith and Dominic Poleon on transfer deadline day Leeds displayed a crash course in how not to use social media as they appeared to be building up to a new signing for the club. Earlier in the day they did acquire a pair of new signings on loan in Dario Del Fabro and Adryan. The latter could be in line to make his debut at St Andrews.
Score prediction: 2-1 Leeds win