EFL: BCFC vs DCFC



Birmingham will host Derby County's Midlands representative on Wednesday night with the hope of their survival still at hand. The Blues have not been able to win any of their last 13 matches and are two points higher than the red light group ahead of their last-day clash with Derby, who could end up no higher than the fifth place. ten

Borussia Dortmund finished signing Jude Bellingham on Monday, but the talented midfielder will appear again for Birmingham before departing for Germany. Jake Clarke-Salter and Josh McEachran are still absent, though interim captain Steve Spooner has the option to summon winger Jeremie Bela for this relegation final with them. Spooner can be adjusted in midfield, with Ivan Sunjic, Maikel Kieftenbeld and Gary Gardner all contending to have a spot facing Bellingham in the right corridor. A bad campaign for Birmingham that led to the departure of Pep Clotet 2 weeks ago still could not get worse if the results were against them on Wednesday. Birmingham have lost for the fourth time in their last 5 matches, the latest being a 2-0 defeat to Preston North End, and are currently sweating fear of relegation, 3 out of 8 teams can still be relegated, with Wigan Athletic ranked 13th will be deducted with 12 points. Taking into account their outstanding goal difference, one point ahead of Derby would be enough for the Blues to stay in First Division for another season. They have not won in 6 home games against Derby

Derby did not have Tom Lawrence after the Welshman suffered an early injury in a defeat to Manchester United on Sunday. Max Lowe is expected to come in for Craig Forsyth as a left-back, while Jason Knight is also trying to return to the squad and Wayne Rooney is likely to retain his position as a deep midfielder with deep backing. Max Bird. Derby will have great pleasure in augmenting the misery of rivals in their city, but they themselves have not performed after a series of 4 consecutive defeats. The Rams have only kept a clean sheet away from home in the Championship this season - 2 times less than any other team in the tournament - and have lost the last 2 away games. Philip Cocu after a series of 5 consecutive matches with the teams in the top 6, hopes that it will not end with the 5th defeat in a row

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