Match Preview: Middlesbrough v Birmingham City (Saturday, August 9)

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MIDDLESBROUGH

Mejias

Omeruo Ayala Gibson Friend

Leadbitter Whitehead

Adomah Tomlin Reach

Kike

 

Thomas

Novak Gleeson Gray

Edgar Reilly

Grounds Robinson Hall Eardley

Randolph

BIRMINGHAM

 

MIDDLESBROUGH TEAM NEWS

Kike will make his Championship debut for Middlesbrough after completing a £2.8m summer move from Real Murcia. Kenneth Omeruo will also start after finalising his loan move from Chelsea this week, but the midfielder could have to play at right-back as Aitor Karanka has not been able to replace Jozsef Varga, who left at the end of last season. Jacob Butterfield is unlikely to start after a week that saw him turn down a move to Huddersfield.

BIRMINGHAM TEAM NEWS

Lee Clark had to change his plans this week when Tom Adeyemi left to join Cardiff. The Blues boss must also decide whether to play skipper Paul Robinson, whose pre-season preparations were affected by a jarred knee.

Referee: Graham Salisbury (Preston) Odds: Middlesbrough 4-5, Draw 5-2, Birmingham 7-2

It’s a fact: It has been a summer of wholesale change at St Andrew’s, with Birmingham losing 16 of the players who were involved last season and bringing in 13 new faces.

Comment by Scott Wilson: Aitor Karanka hasn’t quite got the team he wants yet, but he’s getting there and Middlesbrough certainly look more settled than today’s opponents. As a result, they should make a winning start.

Prediction: 2-0

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2:53pm Sat 9 Aug 14

JOrd8531 says...

My Middlesbrough XI to play Birmingham City today, in the npower Championship match, kicking off at 15:00, at the Riverside Stadium, would be as follows, in a 4-4-2 formation:
Konstantopoulos; Omeruo, Woodgate, Husband, Friend; Nsue, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Reach; Kike, Tomlin. Substitutes: Mejias, Gibson, Ayala, Adomah, Smallwood, L.Williams, Kamara.
My captain would be Woodgate, with free-kicks being taken by Tomlin, left corners by Leadbitter, right corners by Reach and penalties by Kike. I think the result will be a 5-1 home win with Kike, Tomlin, Leadbitter, Reach and L.Williams, getting on the scoresheet for the Boro!
My Middlesbrough XI to play Birmingham City today, in the npower Championship match, kicking off at 15:00, at the Riverside Stadium, would be as follows, in a 4-4-2 formation: Konstantopoulos; Omeruo, Woodgate, Husband, Friend; Nsue, Leadbitter, Whitehead, Reach; Kike, Tomlin. Substitutes: Mejias, Gibson, Ayala, Adomah, Smallwood, L.Williams, Kamara. My captain would be Woodgate, with free-kicks being taken by Tomlin, left corners by Leadbitter, right corners by Reach and penalties by Kike. I think the result will be a 5-1 home win with Kike, Tomlin, Leadbitter, Reach and L.Williams, getting on the scoresheet for the Boro! JOrd8531
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