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Birmingham and Charlton Athletic came out on Wednesday night with only 3 points difference between the two clubs in the rankings. While Blues are likely to be content with avoiding defeat, winning for Charlton in 21st place will help them rise above the hosts in terms of goal difference.

While Charlton will undoubtedly be interested in the teams behind them in the bottom three places, the same can be said of Birmingham, while still holding 18th, but not winning any of 11 The last match put West Midlands club at risk of falling down dangerous group. Birmingham, who is currently led by interim duo Steve Spooner and Craig Gardner, gave supporters little reason to be optimistic when they performed poorly in a 2-0 loss to Stoke City at the weekend. That result allowed the Potters to get ahead of them, just as they faced the same scenario at St Andrew's this weekend. While the victory is likely enough to ensure they are relegated successfully in the next 12 months, but Spooner and Gardner will undoubtedly emphasize to their players that avoiding the fifth consecutive defeat must be their priority. Along with contemplating a tactical change, Gardner will also consider whether to exclude himself from Birmingham's starting lineup. Nico Gordon can also allow Dan Crowley and Jeremie Bela to return to the wing corridor. 

Losing 3 consecutive games by a single goal, Charlton captain Lee Bowyer is wondering what happened when his team wanted to stay in the Championship. That was especially the case at the weekend when the referees 'decisions were against them in a 1-0 home defeat to Reading, a situation even acknowledged by Royals' counterpart Mark Bowen. However, with the Addicks just one point above the relegation zone, Bowyer can only hope that the feeling of injustice serves as the driving force before an important match of their season. With the upcoming Wigan Athletic and Leeds United, winning against the Blues could make a difference, especially in the context of putting pressure on their first two rivals as they battle big issues. off the pitch. Bowyer can also switch strategies.