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While Bristol City have been the epitome of inconsistency this season, Nigel Pearson could at least hang onto the fact that his team were on a 14-match scoring streak in Championship fixtures ahead of the trip to Nottingham Forest.
However, a 2-0 reverse at the City Ground has put a different spin on things, the Robins having now lost four of their last six games in the second tier.
Remaining 17 points above the bottom three, Bristol City will not be relegated this season, but Pearson has plenty of work ahead of him if he is to convince the powers-that-be about his long-term credentials.
In the short term, Pearson needs to focus on collecting three points at the weekend having recently guided his team to 12 points from a possible 15 on familiar territory.
Andreas Weimann‘s streak of contributing a goal or assist when he completes the 90 minutes came to an end at seven matches last week.
Having made his comeback from injury last weekend, Matty James may be handed an opportunity in the Bristol City starting lineup.
The 2-1 defeat at Reading may prove to be a turning point in the wrong direction, and Birmingham only remain in 20th position because of the struggles of the teams below them.
Blues have a set of more favourable fixtures ahead of them, but they make the trip to Ashton Gate having failed to record an away victory since the end of October, a period spanning 10 games.
Tomas Kalas has been passed fit despite sustaining a knock against Forest, while Rob Atkinson could be an option in defence after returning to training.
Bowyer has revealed that he hopes to have Birmingham defender Marc Roberts available again after injury.
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With Maxime Colin carrying a thigh strain, he would act as a direct replacement in the centre of defence if passed fit.
Tahith Chong, Lyle Taylor and Scott Hogan may only be named on the substitutes’ bench after varying injury issues.
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Bentley; Dasilva, Kalas, Klose, Pring; Scott, James, Massengo; Weimann; Semenyo, Martin
Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Etheridge; Graham, Roberts, Pedersen, Bela; Bacuna, Gardner, Woods, James; Jutkiewicz, Hernandez