Birmingham City welcome Nottingham Forest to St Andrew’s on Saturday looking to extend their magnificent run of unbeaten games.
Blues made it 15 matches without defeat on Tuesday when they overcame Barnsley 3-1 away at Oakwell. Chris Hughton’s team also remain unbeaten in the league on their own turf.
Birmingham City sit in third place, just five points behind second placed Southampton with a game in hand.
Forest have struggled this season, but a win against Coventry last weekend was their first in six games and lifted them three points above the relegation zone.
Birmingham City Team News
Birmingham’s new loan signings Erik Huseklepp and Andros Townsend will go straight into Chris Hughton’s matchday squad.
Late fitness tests will be carried out on Nikola Zigic (knee) and Guirane N’Daw (hamstring).
Club captain Stephen Carr will definitely miss out due to a problem with his knee.
Chris Hughtons Comments
Speaking to bcfc.com, Chris Hughton said: “Nottingham Forest have found it difficult to get consistency of late, but a win against Coventry last weekend and with their squad strengthened in the window it will have seen them regain some confidence.
“I think there’s more pressure on trying to win the game irrespective of being at home, because there is a group of teams around us that are not losing many games.
“What I don’t think will change is that one loss puts you down three or four places and one keeps you up there.
“There remains a third of the season to go and there will be lots of twists and turns.
“The important thing for us is that we can’t take our foot off the pedal.
“We have got two teams above us that, at this moment don’t look like losing a game.
“And I think that any team that finishes above West Ham and Southampton will go up automatically.”