Blues are back in action tomorrow as they take on Fulham at the fortress that is St Andrews.
Blues have both good and bad news going into this fixture. The good news is of course the newest addition to the squad, Bela. Pep has confirmed he wants to get Bela involved as soon as possible and I’ve not particularly seen anything to suggest he can’t be involved in tomorrow’s game, although I will double check this.
Although down as a forward it appears Pep wants to utilise the Frenchman as a winger. This certainly seems the best option and Pep has suggested it gives him then the option to play three up front, which Blues could probably do with. Of course if he can’t play for whatever reason tomorrow it won’t be long till we see him in the squad I believe.
Now to the bad news. Blues challenged Harlee Deans red card which many agree is questionable, however it has been rejected and Dean must serve a three match ban meaning he won’t be available for tomorrows fixture. It’s a huge blow in my opinion as Dean really does consistently put in a performance and has the heart that is required to play in a shirt bearing the two balls. I do think he will be missed tomorrow in what will be a tough game.
Fulham currently sit four places above Blues and one point, they suffered defeat in their last match against Hull who are only one place above Blues on goal difference. It does suggest that as long as Blues have their house in order it’s a possibility that we can beat them and given our home form you do have to think that the odds are on our side, however Fulham will definitely be looking to bounce back as they continue their push for a play off spot.
Head to head suggests history is in our favour too as, out of the last five fixtures, Blues have come away better off three of the five times suffering defeat only once. Fulham haven’t won at St Andrews since September 2014 when they came from behind in the second half.
I do think Blues should win tomorrow and I’m going to go with 2-0. The man in the middle of this one is Jarred Gillett, it will be his been in charge of ten games so far this season and shown a total of 32 yellow cards.