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Birmingham City were unable to follow up their 1-0 win at home against Blackpool with another three points, as they suffered a 3-1 defeat away at Millwall last weekend.
After strikes from Murray Wallace and Tom Bradshaw put the hosts two goals to the good at the break, Troy Deeney gave the visitors a lifeline with a thunderbolt in the 56th minute. However, George Evans restored Millwall’s two-goal cushion with a 73rd-minute curler just inside the penalty area.
Lee Bowyer‘s men have now dropped down to 16th in the Championship standings, 10 points above the relegation zone and eight behind the top six.
Birmingham head into Saturday’s encounter having accumulated nine points from their last four home games in the second tier, as many as they had claimed in their previous nine league matches at St Andrew’s.
The Blues have, however, only picked up one point from their last five league games against Cardiff, and suffered a heavy 4-0 home defeat on the final day of last season.
No Championship side has kept more clean sheets than Birmingham (10) so far this campaign, with half of those clean sheets coming in the last nine matches. Another resilient defensive display will be required against the Bluebirds if they are to claim a positive result this weekend.
Birmingham midfielders Ryan Woods and Gary Gardner are to serve the final part of their respective three and four-match suspensions, so 17-year-old Jordan James will likely get another chance in the first XI alongside Ivan Sunjic and Riley McGree.
The hosts will also be without Matija Sarkic (hamstring), Maxime Colin (Achilles), Tahith Chong (groin) and Adan George (knee) due to injury.
Bowyer is unlikely to make too many changes, if any, to his starting lineup, though Lukas Jutkiewicz will be hoping to force his way into the first XI after coming off the bench in each of the last seven matches.
As for Cardiff, they have a clean bill of health, but defender Sean Morrison is ruled out due to suspension, with Aden Flint expected to start in the back three as a result.
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Striker Kieffer Moore will likely return to the starting lineup at the expense of James Collins, while midfielders Will Vaulks and Rubin Colwill could be handed starts ahead of Joe Ralls and Isaak Davies respectively.
Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Etheridge; Sanderson, Roberts, Pederson; Graham, James, Sunjic, McGree, Bela; Hogan, Deeney
Cardiff City possible starting lineup:
Smithies; McGuiness, Flint, Nelson; Ng, Vaulks, Pack, Giles; Harris, Colwill; Moore