It feels weird writing a preview feeling somewhat positive towards a game. Yet, after a stellar performance by Blues in Lee Bowyer’s first game in charge, I actually think we could get a result. What Bowyer did was simple really, he made Blues play to their strengths, and the player’s responded by giving it their all. However, one good result does not change our precarious position in the table, and Bowyer will be hoping for another good performance against another promotion hopeful when Blues visit Watford.
Last Time Out
In what was just our 4th win of the season at home, Blues scored a header in each half to claim all 3 points against Reading. It took just 4 minute’s for Blues to take the lead, courtesy of a trademark back post header from Lukas Jutkiewicz, before Reading equalised later in the half. A suburb header from captain Harlee Dean restored the lead for Blues, followed by a shrug in his celebration which unless you have been living under a rock, will know who he was taking a dig at. Blues saw the game out, earning a valuable win to lift us 6 point’s from the regelation zone.
Watford helped Blues out in midweek by hitting four past struggling Rotherham, in what was their fourth win on the bounce. Three goals in the first half, followed by a quick response to a cracking goal by Rotherham striker Freddie Ladapo led to The Hornets picking up their 8th win in just 9 games.
Bowyer, like in midweek, has a an almost fully fit squad to choose from, with just Boyd-Munce not quite ready after injury.
The Hornets will be without Troy Deeney and Tom Cleverley, whilst Bowyers old Blues teammate Ben Foster may be in line for a return after sitting on the bench for the last two games following a couple of months out courtesy of a broken finger.
Simple really, unchanged. Every player put in a shift against Reading in midweek and Boywer will be looking for the team to do the same again.
— We Are Birmingham (@WeAreBirmingham) March 19, 2021
One to watch – Ismaila Sarr
Watford have a very good squad, but if I could pick one player from them it would have to be Ismaila Sarr. The 23 year old winger has 9 goals in 33 games this season and will certainly be giving Pedersen a hard time down the right hand side.
A line from the managers
I want to stay in the division and then I want to build. I know what the capabilities of this Club are.
“We know the intensity of this team and we know they have a new manager and with this sometimes they get a boost, because everyone will be trying to give their best