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Blackpool have won 14, drawn 11 and lost 16 of their 41 Championship matches this season to collect 53 points, which has left them in 16th spot in the table, two points behind 15th-placed Stoke City.
The Seasiders are actually only five points behind 13th-placed Preston North End, so they could jump up a few places in the latter stages of the campaign, but they could also drop down with some poor results.
Neil Critchley‘s side came through the League One playoffs last season to return to this level, so consolidating in the second tier was always going to be their number one priority with a view to building for next term.
Blackpool’s recent form has been disappointing, losing three of their last five matches, picking up just two points in the process, but they have enough credit in the bank, so there are no relegation fears at this stage.
The Tangerines have actually won 10 of their 21 home league matches this season, and they will be welcoming a Birmingham outfit with the fourth-worst away record, with the Blues claiming just 19 points from their 21 Championship fixtures on their travels during the 2021-22 campaign.
Blackpool will be missing Grant Ward, Dujon Sterling, Daniel Grimshaw, Luke Garbutt and Jordan Gabriel for Monday’s contest with Birmingham.
Gabriel’s injury came during the clash with West Brom last time out, which should mean that Callum Connolly drops to right-back, allowing Matty Virtue to return in central midfield.
Chris Hamilton is also in line for a recall, with the 27-year-old potentially coming into an attacking position, but Gary Madine, who has eight league goals this season, will again lead the line.
As for Birmingham, on-loan Manchester United attacker Tahith Chong remains a doubt through injury, while Matija Sarkic, Neil Etheridge, George Friend, Adan George and Teden Mengi are definitely out.
Bowyer is expected to make a couple of changes to the side that started against Coventry on Friday, with Ivan Sunjic bidding to return to midfield, while there could be a spot at centre-forward for Troy Deeney.
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Scott Hogan could be the player to drop out in the final third of the field, with Lyle Taylor and Juninho Bacuna again expected to be in the starting side for the Blues on Monday afternoon.
Blackpool possible starting lineup:
Maxwell; Connolly, Ekpiteta, Thorniley, Husband; Bowler, Virtue, Dougall, Hamilton; Lavery, Madine
Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Jeacock; Pedersen, Roberts, Gordon; Colin, Sunjic, Gardner, Bacuna, Hernandez; Taylor, Deeney