Leeds United head coach Garry Monk has admitted to the Daily Mail that he is a bit worried about facing Birmingham City.
If you simply looked at the stats, you would think the result to this game is one of the most simple ones to predict of the weekend. Leeds have been great form over the last few weeks, claiming an important win in the Yorkshire derby over Sheffield Wednesday last week to further cement their place in the Sky Bet Championship play-off places. On the other side, Birmingham have struggled since the appointment of Gianfranco Zola as head coach and have only won twice in 15 games and have seen their own play-off hopes fade away.
Despite this, Monk is still wary of this tie due to the unpredictable nature of the Championship meaning shock results are always on the card as well as the Blues showing some promise in recent weeks, especially in their recent win over Midlands rivals Wolves.
He said: “The Championship doesn’t allow you to relax for a second, not for a moment,”
“Since they changed their manager it probably hasn’t gone as smoothly results-wise as they would’ve liked.”
“That squad has been competing for play-off places over the last couple of seasons.”
“They got a good result against Wolves, that will give them confidence.”
“They have the quality within that squad to do much better than they have.”
“They’ll be wanting to build on that game, so we’re expecting a tough game.”
“That win will give them confidence, so we have to be ready.”
“It would be a mistake not to show the respect that Birmingham need, just because they have had a difficult time.”