Premiership Preview: Birmingham City

July 30, 2007 at 12:45 pm | Posted in Football, Jackie Manuel | Leave a comment

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Birmingham City back to stay?

Interesting Wikipedia Fact: St Andrews was built on an old gypsy camp. The gypsies are reputed to have put a curse on the ground when they were evicted. Fans still blame this when the club has a string of bad results.

Jackie’s club knowledge: The Bluenoses seemed to establish themselves in the premiership after coming up in 2002. They packed St. Andrews and beat the Villans pretty regularly. Mikael Forsell was a beast until he did his knee and neither he nor the club really recovered. Birmingham have recently been taking Arsenal youths who were no quite good enough and turning them into decent players. Matthew Upson, Jermaine Pennant, Jonathan Bendtner (now back with Arsenal), Sebastion Larsson, and Fabrice Muamba as well as a few others have made the trip from the first city to the second. The club will probably try and add a few youngsters on loan this season too as Arsenal Jr. will now try their act in the big time.

Worst Kit:

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Fantasy: I’d pretty much planned on nabbing Gary McSheffrey in August since City finished second in the Championship. He’s a midfielder and he scored 16 goals while assisting on 19 last season. The new Ashley Young! Then Yahoo had to list him as a forward ruining his value. He’ll still be worth it for some matchups but as a forward for a team that might struggle to score he’s probably not a +5 player. When the matchup is good Seb Larsson and Gary O’Conner might be worth cheap pickups (I don’t rate Ghaly at all). If Mido comes in he’ll be worth watching and Forssell has been in good form this pre-season. City was pretty sound defensively last season too, so if they start well don’t be afraid to take Maik Taylor and Rafael Schmitz when matched up with weak opposition at home.

Best and Worst Possible Finish: 10th and 20th OK, so I’m admitting I have no idea. I think the Blues could be pretty tough to beat in Birmingham. Steve Bruce has a pretty inexperienced side, but there is money to spend and the kids are pretty decent. They must avoid the bad injury and a poor start, but I figure them ending up closer to 10th than 20th.

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