Leicester City aims to extend their lead at the top of the Championship table as they visit St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City on Monday night.
Birmingham City ended their eight-game away losing streak with a crucial victory against Cardiff City. Wayne Rooney’s pragmatic approach reaped rewards as the Blues secured a hard-fought win with a midfield trio of Krystian Bielik, Ivan Sunjic, and Jordan James providing stability.
Although it was only their second win in 10 games under Rooney, Birmingham’s home form could offer optimism, having lost just once in their 10 second-tier home matches this season.
On the other hand, Leicester City managed a comeback win against Millwall after conceding an early goal. Despite an initially challenging game, the Foxes rallied in the second half with goals from Jannik Vestergaard, Patson Daka, and Ricardo Pereira securing maximum points.
Daka’s impressive performances in the absence of Vardy and Iheanacho have highlighted his potential for more game time, adding depth to Leicester’s attacking options.
Leicester enjoys a six-game unbeaten run against Birmingham, with their last loss to them dating back to October 2011.
Birmingham City Championship Form: LWDLW
Leicester City Championship Form: LWDWW
Birmingham’s leading scorer Jay Stansfield picked up a knock but is expected to feature. The hosts will maintain their 4-3-3 setup with Dion Sanderson and Marc Roberts continuing in central defense.
Injuries sideline Ethan Laird and Cody Drameh, keeping Emanuel Aiwu at right-back. Tyler Roberts remains unavailable due to a calf strain.
Leicester may reintroduce James Justin in the starting lineup after resting him previously. The midfield trio of Ndidi, Winks, and Dewsbury-Hall is likely to start.
Vardy remains sidelined with a knee injury, while Callum Doyle and Harry Souttar are also unavailable for the Foxes.
Birmingham City Possible Starting Lineup: (4-3-3)
Aiwu, Sanderson, Roberts, Buchanan;
Bielik, Sunjic, James;
Dembele, Bacuna, Stansfield
Leicester City Possible Starting Lineup: (4-3-3)
Pereira, Vestergaard, Faes, Justin;
Ndidi, Winks, Dewsbury-Hall;
Fatawu, Mavididi, Iheanacho
Prediction: Birmingham City 1-3 Leicester City
Despite Birmingham’s defensive improvements, Leicester’s attacking prowess is expected to overpower the hosts. The Foxes are likely to capitalize on this opportunity to secure a comfortable win and further solidify their position at the top of the table.