BIG MATCH LOW­DOWN

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Birm­ing­ham v Cardiff City

Where: St An­drew’s, Birm­ing­ham When: Fri­day, Oc­to­ber, 13. 7.45pm kick-off

Odds: Birm­ing­ham win 9/4, Draw 23/10, Cardiff City win 6/5 What have the man­agers said ahead of the game? Steve Cot­ter­ill (Birm­ing­ham) “It’s a great mo­ment for me.

“It’s a really spe­cial club. I’ve said it a mil­lion times.

“Over the last few weeks I’ve had a lot of phone calls and texts from peo­ple.

“They’re really pleased for me that I’ve come to a club like this be­cause they know what type of club it is. It’s a real fam­ily club and you just get the sense that ev­ery­one is in it to­gether. “And I like it that way be­cause I like to bring ev­ery­one in it. That’s the way I work. We’re def­i­nitely all in it to­gether; that’s for sure. Neil Warnock (Cardiff City) “I look at it like when i came here last year, we played Bris­tol City on TV, we were sec­ond bot­tom and they were fly­ing high,” said the York­shire­man.

“I ex­pect a very dif­fi­cult game and I don’t kid my­self. We want a re­sult but I know how dif­fi­cult it’s go­ing to be.” Who are the key men? Craig Gard­ner (Birm­ing­ham) The 30-year-old joined the Blues on a per­ma­nent deal from West Brom in the sum­mer hav­ing spent the lat­ter half of the pre­vi­ous cam­paign on loan at St An­drew’s, and the ex­pe­ri­enced mid­fielder will need to help Birm­ing­ham’s mid­field tick against the Blue­birds while creat­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for the likes of Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jota. Craig Bryson (Cardiff City) The Scot was in­el­i­gi­ble to face par­ent club Derby in the fi­nal game be­fore the in­ter­na­tional break but his en­ergy – as shown in the mag­nif­i­cent 3-1 win against Leeds – will be vi­tal in the cen­tre of the park for the Blue­birds if they’re to break down Birm­ing­ham’s mid­field men.

Pre­dicted line-ups

Birm­ing­ham (4-2-3-1): Kuszczak, Nsue, Mor­ri­son, Dean, Grounds, Gard­ner, Ndoye, Jota, Adams, Boga, Jutkiewicz. Cardiff City (4-3-3): Etheridge, Peltier, Bamba, Mor­ri­son, Ben­nett, Bryson, Ralls, Damour, Men­dez-Laing, Hoi­lett, Zo­hore.

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