Birmingham - Blackburn forecast
Birmingham and Blackburn will play each other again just 3 days after their FA Cup tie on Saturday ended without a winner.
Birmingham raced to an early advantage before finding themselves 1-2 behind after 46 minutes of play.
But a Jordan James goal in the 90th minute earned the West Midlands side the right to a replay.
Both Birmingham and Blackburn's priorities are elsewhere at the moment.
The Blues are struggling financially and are looking to avoid relegation from the Championship.
While Rovers hope to stay in contention for the places there, qualifying for promotion via the play-offs.
However, both teams showed great fight in the first match a few days ago.
Given this fact, I think that in this replay we can witness a similar clash.
And like nothing today's match ends without a winner again.
Thus, after extra time or penalties, it will be decided which of these teams will advance in the tournament.
Birmingham - statistics and info
Birmingham are currently 6 points ahead of the teams in the danger zone.
But they also have a game more than the first two teams in it - Huddersfield and Blackpool.
The Blues are the Championship side in the worst form of all the teams there.
They have recorded five successive defeats in the second tier of English club football.
With their only win since December 16 so far coming against Forest Green in the FA Cup third round.
Despite having an extra game on their schedule, manager John Eustace did not hide his delight at James' late goal.
And he said it could help Birmingham gain some momentum going forward.
And possible progress to the FA Cup will bring fresh income to the coffers of the financially strapped club from the West Midlands.
Blackburn - statistics and info
From Blackburn Rovers' point of view - it was their second successive draw.
Having played a total of 27 games in the Championship without drawing once.
But Jon Dahl Thomasson's side have already recorded 3 consecutive games without a win.
In fact, the Rovers side have won just 2 times in their last 8 matches in all competitions (2-2-4).
Despite sitting 5th in the Championship, Blackburn are outsiders to retain a place in the top 6 in the long term.
Unless they find the consistency that has been lacking since the start of the season.
Because in this part of the ranking it is really densely populated.
Because 12 teams between 5th and 16th place are gathered in only 6 points.
Squads and injured footballers
Lineup: Etheridge; Collin, Sanderson, Long, Trusty, Friend; Gardner, Bielik, Maybry; Shot, Hogan
Lineup: Kaminsky; Rankin-Costello, Carter, Wharton, Pickering; Buckley, Travis; Hedges, Schmodix, Brereton Diaz; Vail
Matches Birmingham - Blackburn
|KA||28/01/23||Blackburn 2:2 Birmingham|
|ChSh||22/10/22||Blackburn 2:1 Birmingham|
|ChSh||07/05/22||Birmingham 1:2 Blackburn|
|ChSh||18/12/21||Blackburn 4:0 Birmingham|
|ChSh||08/05/21||Blackburn 5:2 Birmingham|
|ChSh||02/01/21||Birmingham 0:2 Blackburn|