UK time is: 20:35:44
Vital Login
Social Login

Choose your club

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's Football, It's Vital'

Birmingham City vs. Stoke City

St. Andrews

11/01/07

11.30am

On Sky

Blues vs Potters preview

Stoke will travel to Birmingham on Sunday for the televised clash with the Blues with three of their influential midfield missing.
The 11.30am kick-off has also attracted controversy after originally being scheduled for a Saturday noon kick-off with premium ticket prices of up to 30 for Stoke fans, then moved in the last couple of weeks to Sunday to accommodate Sky TV.

Vital Quotes:

Potters' first team coach, Sam Ellis thinks that this is as good a time as any to be visiting St. Andrews: 'They are in a bit of turmoil at the moment, they have sold Matthew Upson who Steve Bruce didn't want to lose and that could play on their minds.'
He added: 'They have had a bit of a dip in form recently, they are still a very good side but I am confident we can pick something up.'

Birmingham City Team News:

In contrast to the five wins and a draw that they picked up in December, January turned out to be a bit of damp squib in the league (if you skip over their 5-1 trashing of Newcastle in the FA Cup) with the Blues losing first at Ipswich and then being turned over 3-1 by Southend at home. Last week they did manage to salvage their first point of the year away to Colchester.
Gary McSheffrey looks set to start despite not training this week after getting a knock to his knee. Cameron Jermome looks set to return to action. Mikael Forssell is still out with a long-term knee injury.

Player to watch: Gary McSheffrey

The in-form striker moved from Coventry in August last year, leaving his former club wallowing in the doldrums and has scored 15 times (12 in the League) since arriving at St. Andrews.

Stoke City Team News:

Lee Hendrie, Salif Diao and Darel Russell are suspended after all receiving their fifth yellow cards of the season at last week's disappointing draw with Southend. Dominic Matteo, John Eustace and Lee Martin will benefit and fill their places in midfield. Andy Griffin has been struggling with an ankle injury that he picked up last Saturday but should be fit to start.

Player to watch: Jonathan Fortune

The Charlton defender is on loan at the Brit for the remainder of the season and is keen to repay the trust that Tony Pulis has shown in giving him a chance of some regular football. He told the official site: 'I haven't come here to sit around and mess about I want to push this club on, and I feel that we definitely have a good shot at reaching the play-offs and I'm very excited about it.'

Match Facts & Stats

The previous meeting at the Brit back in those warm summer days last August ended 0-0, but was memorable for a great penalty save from Steve Simonsen.

Next Fixtures:

Sat 17th Feb: Luton (home) kick-off: 3pm
Wed 21st Feb: Derby (away) kick-off: 7.45pm
Mon 26th Feb: Barnsley (home) kick-off: 7.45pm (on SKY TV)




Use your social login to comment on front page articles. Login using you Facebook, Twitter, Google or LinkedIn accounts and have your say!

The Journalist

Writer: Chris Baldwin Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday February 10 2007

Time: 5:08PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Stoke City Articles

Stoke secure marquee Bojan signing (Tuesday July 22 2014)

Palacios fails Qatar medical (Monday July 21 2014)

Jerome left out of Germany squad (Saturday July 19 2014)

Palacios set for Qatar switch (Saturday July 19 2014)

Cameron given freedom of home city (Saturday July 19 2014)

Which strikers could leave Stoke? (Friday July 18 2014)

Archived Stoke City Articles

List All Vital Stoke Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

League Results (view all)

Latest Results

League Table (view table)

Team P W D L GD Pts
13. Q.P.R. 0 0 0 0 0 0
14. Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
15. Spurs 0 0 0 0 0 0
16. Stoke 0 0 0 0 0 0
17. Sunderland 0 0 0 0 0 0
18. Swansea 0 0 0 0 0 0
19. WBA 0 0 0 0 0 0

Breaking League News

Albion Announce 2014-15 Squad Numbers
WBA : 31/07/2014 18:13:00
Bertrand Joins On Season Long Loan
Southampton : 31/07/2014 18:02:00
Pellegrini Pleased With Liverpool Showing
Man City : 31/07/2014 17:47:00
City Lose To Liverpool On Penalties
Man City : 31/07/2014 17:42:00
Good Winning Habit For Shakey
Leicester City : 31/07/2014 17:28:00

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Stoke player of the World Cup
Suggested By:  
Begovic 9%
Cameron 11%
Odemwingie 76%
Palacios 4%