Birmingham v Derby preview
Last Updated: 12/01/18 1:15pm
Che Adams is likely to return for Birmingham against Derby after shrugging off his latest hamstring injury.
The 21-year-old forward has battled persistent hamstring issues this term and missed the FA Cup win over Burton last weekend.
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Goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak may return to the squad after missing the win over Burton but Isaac Vassell is out for the season with a knee injury. Loanee Carl Jenkinson is fit after a dislocated shoulder but has been linked with a return to parent club Arsenal.
Derby could have Joe Ledley back for the trip to St Andrew's but fellow midfielder Bradley Johnson looks set for an extended spell on the sidelines. Ledley has missed the last three matches with a back injury and the Wales international remains a doubt for Saturday's game, although he has a chance of being in the squad.
Johnson will definitely miss out, though. His back problem has seen him miss two of the last three games and Rams boss Gary Rowett believes the player needs a period of rest and recovery. Rowett, returning to his former club, has no other fresh injury worries and could recall leading scorer Matej Vydra to his starting line up.
Birmingham are winless in four home league matches against Derby (D2 L2), with the Blues managed by current Derby boss Gary Rowett for two of those winless games.
Derby haven't won back to back away league trips to Birmingham since December 1936.
Steve Cotterill is winless in 12 matches against Derby as a manager in all competitions (D4 L8), losing most recently in December 2015 as Bristol City boss, a 4-0 defeat.
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Sam Winnall has scored in all four of his league appearances against Birmingham, netting five goals in total.
Birmingham haven't won three consecutive Championship matches since a run of four in October 2015.
Derby are yet to lose a match against any of the Championship's current bottom six clubs this season (P7 W4 D3 L0).
Birmingham looked dead and buried a couple of weeks ago but two quick wins against Leeds and Reading suddenly revitalised their season and their bid for survival.
Derby are a different kettle of fish altogether, however. Gary Rowett's side are one of the best in the league and showed their quality in how long they held Manchester United in the FA Cup. I fancy the former Blues boss to strike another blow against his old side at St Andrew's.
David Prutton predicts: 0-2 (17/2 with Sky Bet)