Man City v Birmingham preview
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Keegan's side overturned a 3-0 half time deficit in the fourth round replay at White Hart Lane to defeat Spurs 4-3 with ten men on Wednesday evening.
It was a result that could turn around the flagging fortunes of City, who are three points above the dreaded drop zone in the table.
The City of Manchester Stadium crowd may see new loan signing Daniel van Buyten make his debut following his move from Marseille.
Striker Nicolas Anelka will play his last match before starting his ban for his sending off against Arsenal at Highbury last Sunday.
Danny Tiatto, meanwhile, looks set to miss the match against Blues after he broke down in a reserve match last week.
Birmingham boss Steve Bruce will hope victory on Sunday could push his side toward the European places in the table by extending their unbeaten run of four league matches.
The former Manchester United centre back could hand new signing Martin Taylor his Blues debut following his £1.25 million move from Blackburn Rovers.
Striker Stern John could be in line for a start against City following his substitute heroics in last Saturday's 1-1 draw against Newcastle United, when he scored a last-gasp equaliser to earn the St Andrews side a point.
Midfielder David Dunn, however, looks set to miss out with a troublesome hamstring problem, meaning Damien Johnson will likely continue in his place on Sunday.
|Team||Manchester City||Birmingham City|
|Attacking|| || |
|Ave Goals per game||1.39||0.91|
|Goals to Shots %||10%||11%|
|Passes|| || |
|Pass Completion %||75%||68%|
|Defending|| || |
|Tackle Success Rate %||76%||69%|
|Ave goals conceded per game||1.52||1.18|
|Discipline|| || |