MATCH PREVIEW | CARDIFF CITY vs BIRMINGHAM CITY
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Cardiff City vs Birmingham City - Cardiff City Stadium - 12:30pm kick-off.
Cardiff City welcome Birmingham City to South Wales for the final Sky Bet Championship match of the 2015/16 season...
Birmingham City currently sit two places and five points behind the Bluebirds as we head into the final game of the season at Cardiff City Stadium.
Like City, Birmingham will be hoping to end the campaign with a final flourish in South Wales, as they look to improve upon last season’s final tally of sixty-three points.
Blues may well be without the services of several important players on Saturday, with Tomasz Kuszczak, Jon Toral and Jacques Maghoma all looking likely to miss out, along with Neal Eardley.
Clayton Donaldson looks set to finish the season as Birmingham’s top scorer for the second consecutive year. The former Brentford striker has eleven League goals to date, with Arsenal loanee Toral just behind him on eight.
Blues and City have shared a number of stars in recent years, with players moving between the Clubs in both directions.
Those to move from St Andrews to South Wales include Darren Purse and midfielders Jordon Mutch and Tom Adeyemi. Mutch and Adeyemi were signed directly from Birmingham, while Purse came to Ninian Park via West Bromwich Albion. The centre-half made 200 League and Cup appearances for Blues, before adding a further 123 matches to his career tally with City, become Club Captain during his time in South Wales.
Moving in the opposite direction have been former City youngster Cameron Jerome, defender Roger Johnson and winger Chris Burke, all of whom were popular figures for both sides.
CARDIFF CITY 1-0 BIRMINGHAM CITY
4th December 2011, Cardiff City Stadium
Kenny Miller settled a tight encounter with Birmingham at Cardiff City Stadium, his sixty-eighth minute goal securing a sixth consecutive home win.
The Bluebirds had the better of the opening half, and nearly took the lead after the break when Peter Whittingham went close following Kevin McNaughton’s lay-off.
However, Birmingham then came back into it as Nicola Žigić missed two gilt-edged opportunities to break the deadlock.
Just after the half-hour mark, momentum was to switch as Kenny Miller was played clean through, before being brought down by Curtis Davies, who was subsequently shown a red card.
Miller was the man to take full advantage just minutes later, as he was on hand to finish smartly for his ninth goal of the season, extending City’s unbeaten run to ten matches and reclaiming third place.
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