No Pressure Against Birmingham City

Birmingham City make the long journey to Ipswich Town’s Portman Road knowing that the Tractor Boys are free from any pressure as they begin to wind down their season in mid-table.

Birmingham City Goalkeeper Jack ButlandBut Chris Hughton is positive that Paul Jewell’s team will be desperate to win and finish the season in good form.

Birmingham go into tonight’s penultimate away fixture of the season sat in fourth place on 71 points. They are five points ahead of Middlesbrough who occupy seventh place with just three games left to play.

Birmingham City FC Team News

Birmingham City’s injury list continues to grow with Keith Fahey joining Boaz Myhill (thumb), Jonathan Spector (thigh), Stephen Carr (knee) and Guirane N’Daw (hamstring) on the sidelines. Jordon Mutch is also likely to miss out due to an ankle injury.

Jack Butland will be on the bench following his recall to St Andrew’s from Cheltenham Town. Belgian teenager Brice Ntambwe has also travelled with the first team squad to East Anglia.

Chris Hughton’s Comments

“Ipswich are a team in good form and they are passing the ball very well,” Chris Hughton told bcfc.com.

“I suppose you could say they are not under real pressure because they are not going to make the play-offs, but knowing them and their manager they will desperately want to win and finish the season in good form.

“We can’t underestimate them.

“We’ve got three key games and we’ve got to make sure whichever way we do it we get enough points from those three games.

“Of course, the earlier you get points it releases a little bit of pressure on the next game.

“But ultimately it’s about getting the points in whichever game.

“I expect it to be a very tough game.”

The game kicks off at 7.45pm.

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