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PREVIEW: Sky Blues host Birmingham City in final home fixture

City host the Blues at the CBS Arena...

28 April 2023

The Sky Blues entertain Birmingham City at the Coventry Building Society Arena this weekend.

Meet the Blues:

After securing their place in the Championship for another season, Birmingham City head into their final away fixture of the season, with a chance of finishing as high as 14th.

Three wins from four games in March saw John Eustace's side steer themselves clear of the relegation zone, after flirting with the bottom three.

Birmingham have been hampered with injuries as of late, with top scorer Scott Hogan ruled out for the remainder of the season.

Since securing their place in the division for another season, Eustace has been giving some of the younger players in his squad a chance in the first team, as he turns his attentions to building for next season.

Birmingham sold out their allocation and will be backed by 4,500 supporters at the CBS Arena.

Inside the Sky Blues camp:

“It’s brilliant. If you would’ve said at the start got the season when we were bottom of the league in October and not too far away going from the bottom of the league going into Christmas, your way away from what we’re experiencing now so it’s a remarkable turnaround.

“Every credit should go to everyone connected with it, especially the players because they have just got on with the job and produced performances.


“The supporters as well, they are instrumental in what happens on the pitch and that brings me onto tomorrow.

“The size of the crowd and the numbers we have, along with Birmingham City’s following, and they will be noisy, but we will have a big crowd.

“I know they will get behind the players and they will get behind us to make sure we get a performance tomorrow and that’s all that matters.”

From John Eustace:

“Coventry City are having a fantastic season. They are very well coached; they have got a very good group of players there.

“We expect it to be a real tough game. We will go there and be competitive and play with a bit more freedom.

"The most important thing is we fight and we scrap and we give a good account of ourselves. I said from day one that I wanted to get that connection back with the fans and the players and the only way we can do that is by making sure the players show they are committed.


"There are going to be 4,500 Blues fans there, we want to go and enjoy the occasion, take the shackles off and give them a good game. The lads are buzzing for it.

“We have got a fair bit of illness in the camp. Three or four lads not training. It is not ideal, but whoever puts the shirt on will be ready for Saturday no problems.”


Birmingham’s last six:

  • Birmingham 0-1 Blackpool
  • Millwall 0-1 Birmingham
  • Sunderland 2-1 Birmingham
  • Birmingham 0-0 Stoke
  • Reading 1-1 Birmingham
  • Birmingham 1-0 Blackburn


Sky Blues' last six:

  • Sky Blues 2-1 Reading
  • Blackburn Rovers 1-1 Sky Blues
  • QPR 0-3 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 2-2 Watford
  • Swansea City 0-0 Sky Blues
  • Sky Blues 0-4 Stoke City


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Historic head-to-head:

Sky Blues wins - 18
Draws - 20
Birmingham wins - 24


Match Officials:

James Linington will be the man in the middle of City's Championship fixture with Birmingham City this weekend.

Linington, last took charge of a Sky Blues fixture, back in October 2022, when he took charge of City's 2-0 win over Stoke City.


So far this season, Linington has taken charge of 12 fixtures across the Championship and EFL Cup awarding 39 yellow cards and one red card.

He will be assisted by Adrian Waters and Robert Merchant, with Tim Robinson acting as his fourth official.


Ticket information:

This fixture has sold out and there are no tickets remaining.

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