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Preview: Birm'ham vs Arsenal

Preview: Birmham vs Arsenal

Birmingham picked up a superb point in the Premiership match between these two sides last time around, but Arsenal are looking to go a potential eight points clear at the top of the Premiership but need to win a daunting match at St. Andrews first. See the starting lineups.


The Gunners have been dispatched meekly from both the Carling and FA Cups in recent weeks but still hold advantage in the Premiership. McLeish has seen his influence begin to wane in recent weeks after a great start as boss.

Injuries and Suspensions

Arsenal are without centre-half Kolo Toure but Almunia may return. Olivier Kapo returns for Birmingham.

McLeish: our home form has been good

"Generally our home form has been good, it's just goals that have been missing.

"There isn't much more I can ask from them other than for them to be putting the ball in the net."


Birmingham (from): Maik Taylor, Doyle, Kingson, Kelly, Ridgewell, Martin Taylor, Jaidi, Murphy, Queudrue, Larsson, Muamba, Johnson, Nafti, McSheffrey, Kapo, Jerome, O'Connor, Forssell, McFadden, De Ridder, Parnaby, Schmitz.

Arsenal (from): Almunia, Sagna, Senderos, Gallas, Clichy, Walcott, Flamini, Fabregas, Hleb, Adebayor, Eduardo, Lehmann, Bendtner, Denilson, Gilberto, J Hoyte, Traore, Song.

Eyefootball Premiership Predictor

Birmingham 0-1 Arsenal

Emmanuel Adebayor will help the Gunners return back to top form in this tough looking away tie.

Goalscorer: Emmanuel Adebayor