Birmingham v Southampton preview
By Mark Kendall
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Blues, reeling from their midweek hammering at Tottenham, will be without the services of inspirational midfielder Robbie Savage for the clash.
The Wales international will be serving a one-match suspension after picking up five bookings during the current campaign.
Favourite to replace Savage will be Aliou Cisse, who jets off for African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal after the game, though Bryan Hughes will also be in contention.
Defender Olivier Tebily may be given a rare start in place of Darren Carter after coming on at half time during the defeat at Tottenham.
Out-of-sorts Southampton will be chasing their first win in five games in all competitions.
The South Coast outfit will be missing one of their key performers, as defender Claus Lundekvam has been ruled out of contention with a hamstring injury.
Danny Higginbotham or Fitz Hall will deputise for the Norwegian at centre half, but Graeme Le Saux is still a major doubt with a foot problem.