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EFL: Birmingham vs Swansea


Birmingham are looking for their first win since coming back last month as they prepare to welcome Wales representative Swansea at St Andrew's home ground. The Blues have drawn 2 and lost 2 since the restart, causing them to drop to No. 17, while Swansea came in 8th place after a series of disappointing results.






3 consecutive victories in early February helped Birmingham target the playoffs, but they have not been able to win any of the last 9 matches since then including defeats at Huddersfield Town and Fulham - matches losing 1-0 after Josh Onomah scored the only goal in the 95th minute at Craven Cottage. Birmingham with the remaining 5 matches, City are still not completely out of the relegation scene when they are only 5 points and five positions on the red light group and Pep Clotet's army still faces encounters with Charlton Athletic and Stoke City. - 2 opponents are right below them. A victory over Swansea in the middle of the week will go a long way to putting an end to all stress for Clotet, former Swansea midfielder Josh McEachran is the only confirmed absentee in Birmingham for the midweek clash this week after a serious knee injury in February. Lukas Jutkiewicz fell on the bench during the match against Fulham but could also be recalled here, which could mean Scott Hogan is being deployed in a wing corridor position. Young midfielder Jude Bellingham, rumored to be moving to Borussia Dortmund, is likely to start a line-up alongside Jeremie Bela and Hogan.

As for Swansea, Jordan Garrick is serving the last time in a ban of three matches after he was kicked out of the match against Luton recently. Cooper dropped Mike van der Hoorn and Ben Cabango in an effort to refresh his team on the weekend, though he could recall the defensive duo on Wednesday. Swansea are in need of 3 points because the distance with rivals Cardiff City in the final play-off position is only 4 points and the Swans had a 2-1 victory over Sheffield Wednesday on Sunday, after the disappointing results before. Luton Town and Millwall. Brimingham has not been able to win any of the last 5 home games and Steve Cooper's teachers and students are unbeaten in the last 4 meetings with Birmingham.


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