Unbeaten Birmingham City to Carry On

Birmingham City will be looking to finish their regular season with their unbeaten run intact tomorrow dinnertime.

Hughton Hopes to Extend RunChris Hughton’s team play host to Champions Reading at St Andrew’s on Saturday and will be keen to extend their run to nine games.

Birmingham City go into the match in fifth position, just one point behind fourth place Blackpool. A favourable set of results would give Blues the preferred scenario of a second-leg home tie in the play-offs.

Chris Hughton will be hoping that the Reading players minds will be on their summer holidays as they have a very good away record of late having won four, drawn one and lost just one of their last six games on their travels.

The Royals have already beaten both Southampton and West Ham United away from home on their route to the Championship title.

Birmingham City Team News

Birmingham City are hoping that Senegalese international Guirane N’Daw will be back in contention for the game.

N'Daw May Be Back This Weekend For Birmingham CityThe midfielder has been missing since the 3-3 draw against West Ham United on Easter Monday when he injured his hamstring.

Chris Hughton has also confirmed that although Stephen Carr (knee), Keith Fahey (groin) and Jonathan Spector (thigh) will miss tomorrow’s game, he is hopeful they may pay some part in the play-offs.

Stephen Caldwell (hamstring) and Boaz Myhill (thumb) will miss the clash against the Royals.

Although a favourable result is important tomorrow, Hughton may still decide to rest certain players in preparation for the upcoming play-offs.

Chris Hughton’s Comments

“It’s a massive game, for lots of reasons. It’s a game of course that we want to win, as our last game in our league programme,” Chris Hughton told bcfc.com.

“It’s against the league champions who will come very buoyed. I wouldn’t expect them to make too many changes.

“A win could affect where we finish in this league. And probably more importantly than all of that, we want to keep momentum going.

“We’re on a good run at the moment. A result firmly cements us in those play-offs and in any play-off situation you want to go into it with momentum.

“Reading have been excellent. When we played them earlier in the season for me it was one of the games of the season.

“It was a very tight affair which could have gone either way. It was two teams both playing 4-4-2, with a very high tempo and they won it quite close to the end.

“The signs were there very much that they were a very well organised outfit and also that they had the potential and capability of putting on a very good run which is of course what they have done and got them there.

“They’ve deserved it and done it very much the right way.

“I don’t expect them to be on their holidays. I might be wrong but when you see the team that they put out on Saturday it will show that they’re not.

“I anticipate them going as strong as possible. They’ve done wonderfully well and deserved to win the Championship but if I was in their shoes I would be going as strong as possible. Apart from the fact that they have a responsibility to the league they’ll want to finish on a high.”

The game will kick off at 12.30.

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