Birmingham City news: David Prutton issues prediction for Blues clash with Stoke City

Birmingham City will look to build on their recent victory over Sheffield United when they face Stoke City at St Andrew’s in the league this afternoon.

The Blues sealed the three points of their confrontation with the Blades thanks to a header from Maxime Colin in the first half.

Lee Bowyer’s side backed up this particular display by reserving their place in the Carabao Cup second round by beating Colchester United 1-0 on Tuesday.

Although Birmingham will be bursting with confidence heading into today’s game, they can’t afford to underestimate a Stoke City side who also won the opening weekend of the season.

After deciding to completely overhaul his squad earlier this summer, Potters manager Michael O’Neill guided the club to a 3-2 victory over Reading last Saturday.

In what could turn out to be a tantalizing showdown, it will be intriguing to see if Birmingham is capable of securing three out of three wins.

Bowyer will not be able to enlist the services of Dion Sanderson for this game due to the defenseman still recovering from a back injury he sustained last season.

Meanwhile, Neil Etheridge is on the verge of missing out as Tahith Chong faces a run to get in shape after encountering a problem against the Blades.

Ahead of today’s game, David Prutton revealed he believes Birmingham will seal a 1-0 win over the Potters.

Speaking to Sky Sports, the 39-year-old expert said: “I was so impressed with Birmingham as they beat one of the promotion favorites at Sheffield United in their opener.

“Under Lee Bowyer, they’re going to be so, so hard to take on.

“Stoke had a great opening win over Reading.

“Goals were a problem for them last season so scoring three points was a relief for Michael O’Neill.

“That said, I want the Blues to cram this one.”

Joshua Cole of GIVEMESPORT says …

While it is important not to get too carried away in the first few weeks of a season, Birmingham appear to be heading in the right direction under Bowyer’s leadership.

After leading the Blues to safety earlier this year, the 44-year-old has managed to impose his authority on the club side during the current transfer window by recruiting a slew of new faces.

Considering that Bowyer will be able to look to Jeremie Bela and Lukasz Jutkiewicz for inspiration today, it would not be at all surprising if his side are able to produce an impressive performance for the fans who will be present at St Andrew’s.

Provided Birmingham seals all three points in their clash with Stoke, they could use the momentum gained from this game to continue in the league over the next few months.

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