Birmingham v Middlesbrough preview
Last Updated: 05/03/18 6:00pm
New Birmingham boss Garry Monk has no fresh injury or suspension concerns for the home clash with his old club Middlesbrough.
Midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld returned from a two-game suspension for accruing 10 bookings in Saturday's 2-1 defeat to Nottingham Forest and picked up another yellow card.
David Davis is closing in on a return following a knee injury but this game comes too soon, while Isaac Vassell (knee) and Jonathan Grounds (medial ligament) remain sidelined. Lukas Jutkiewicz impressed as a second-half substitute against the Reds and will hope for a more prominent role against Boro.
Middlesbrough are without skipper Grant Leadbitter for the trip after he was booked for the 10th time this season in the 3-0 win over Leeds on Friday night. Leadbitter had been an injury concern for the clash after hurting his hamstring in the 3-3 draw at Sunderland.
Rudy Gestede will not return this season after fracturing his ankle in the recent win against Hull. Fabio is edging closer to fitness following a thigh problem but will not be in contention for the Blues game.
Birmingham are winless in seven league matches against Middlesbrough (D4 L3), since a 1-0 win in March 2013.
Middlesbrough have won one of their last 19 trips to St. Andrew's in all competitions (D6 L12), winning 3-0 in August 2005 in the Premier League.
Birmingham haven't lost seven consecutive matches in all competitions since May 1986.
Patrick Bamford has scored six goals in his last three league matches - as many as in his previous 63 combined.
The Blues have scored fewer Championship goals (23) than any other side this season.
Tony Pulis has faced Birmingham four times in the league at St. Andrew's in his managerial career, drawing once and losing three times without seeing his sides score a goal in any of those games.