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Preview: Birmingham City v Owls

Birmingham City

St Andrews, Birmingham

Saturday, February 9


Wednesday take a break from their League One troubles and turn their attentions to the FA Cup on Saturday with a trip to face Birmingham City in the fifth round.

Owls boss Gary Megson will be hoping the prestigious competition brings the best out of his under-performing troops and helps to get season back on track with an impressive performance against the Barclays Premier League side.

Unlike league matches, the Owls will be the firm underdogs for the clash against the Blues and can have the weight of expectancy lifted from their shoulders.

It will still be a huge task to continue their run in the competition, but fans have learnt to expect the unexpected in this year's FA Cup so far.

Vital Quotes:

Owls boss Gary Megson told the official SWFC website:

'There will be absolutely no pressure on us to win this game, and that is almost a unique situation for Sheffield Wednesday this season.

'I have been asked if that will help relax the players but I don't want the players to relax, I want them to go out there on the front foot and get a result.

'We will be taking 4,200 supporters to St Andrew's and we could have taken more. We have to make those supporters proud.'

Birmingham City Team News:

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish is set to ring the changes to his side for the visit of Wednesday.

Some changes will be forced, and others not, as McLeish aims to weigh up his options following a league defeat against Newcastle United in midweek and a trip to Wembley in the League Cup final next weekend.

Defensive duo Liam Ridgewell and Martin Jiranek both picked up knocks in the clash with the Magpies and the Blues boss has confirmed both will be missing for the clash with Wednesday.

It means Curtis Davies is expected to make his debut following his move to St Andrews from second city rivals Aston Villa in the January transfer window.

McLeish is also expected to ring the changes elsewhere as the Blues risk burn-out before their Carling Cup final clash with Arsenal next weekend.

Player to watch: Kevin Phillips

Phillips has started more games on the bench than in the stating eleven this season, but he could be given a starting role on Saturday, and has a superb record of netting goals, usually late, against the Owls in his career.

Wednesday Team News:

Wednesday will be without striker Gary Madine for the trip to the Midlands due to the former Carlisle United striker being cup-tied.

It means boss Gary Megson is likely to put Neil Mellor back in the starting eleven alongside captain, and former Blue, Clinton Morrison, although Paul Heffernan may also be considered.

Midfielder Giles Coke will also be missing through suspension after being sent off in the Owls' 3-0 defeat at Tranmere Rovers in midweek.

Darren Potter could come back into the starting eleven to replace him after he missed the trip to Birkenhead through illness, but Tommy Miller is unlikely to get the nod despite returning to training this week. He could feature on the bench though.

Player to watch: Clinton Morrison

The Owls captain will relish playing against his former club, and will also relish playing in the FA Cup, without the pressures of expectancy on his, and his side's shoulders in League One.

Match Facts & Stats


Birmingham: L-W-W-D-W

Wednesday: L-L-D-L-W


Birmingham wins: 32

Wednesday wins: 28

Draws: 22

Last Time Out:

Wednesday 1-1 Birmingham

Hillsborough, 31/01/09

Wednesday were heading for victory the last time the two sides met over two years ago, thanks to Lewis Buxton's second-half strike. But up popped that man Kevin Phillips, who netted an injury time leveller for the visitors.

Next Fixtures:

v Bournemouth (A) - 22/02/11

v Carlisle (A) - 26/02/11

Date:Friday February 18 2011
Time: 4:24PM


I fancy us to win but then I am clinically insane and have yet to take my medication today!!
18/02/2011 16:35:00
how many will brum get ?
18/02/2011 16:45:00
bet Phillips cant wait to come on as sub and see that cross come over in the 92nd min and beat 4 wednesday defenders all 1ft taller than him and get his head on it
vic mobley
18/02/2011 19:43:00
It's funny but even though I think we'll probably lose I don't think it will be by much. Not sure why our cup form is SO different to our league form? Hold on a minute, I know the reason why now, it's because apart from Bristol City we've played Southport, Northampton and Hereford!!
18/02/2011 20:29:00
TheDon1974 uve hit the nail on the head and Bristol City was the only team we didnt look like losing to aswell lol.
18/02/2011 20:39:00
Maybe we should play some of our fringe players in the same way that McLeish says that Birmingham are. Will take the pressure off the boys a little in that sense!
18/02/2011 20:52:00
Fringe players?? This cup is the only thing we have left this season. We should push for a good performance and hopefully a replay at Hillsborough.
19/02/2011 02:36:00
i think we will win, wednesday have a habit of producing the result we least expect. we are due a win perhaps today will be the day when our players lift their game and produce something special. uto
Hirsty's Shinpads
19/02/2011 08:43:00
you dont know with the fans reaction at last game might inspire the players to up their game we can only hope
19/02/2011 09:11:00
Well if we win its a bonus and if we dont well at least we know we wasnt expected to win.Jus hope if we do lose we dont get hammered and embarrassed.Just got a feeling we may sneak this and can c Morrison(Clinton) scoring against his former club and hopefully it being the winner COME ON YOU OWLS.
19/02/2011 14:05:00
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