Birmingham v Ipswich preview
Last Updated: 27/09/18 6:56pm
Birmingham expect to have brothers Gary and Craig Gardner both available for the Sky Bet Championship match against Ipswich.
Midfielder Gary Gardner came off during the 2-1 win at leaders Leeds last weekend with a leg problem, but has resumed training.
Craig Gardner, who has not featured in the past three squads with an unspecified fitness problem, is also set to return along with Maikel Kieftenbeld. Forward Isaac Vassell (hip) and midfielder David Davis (ankle) remain long-term absentees
Ipswich striker Jon Walters has been ruled out for six months with an Achilles injury. The on-loan former Republic of Ireland international will return to parent club Burnley for an extended spell of rehabilitation.
Town boss Paul Hurst confirmed he expected to be without one unnamed player for the trip to St Andrew's. Midfielder Emyr Huws is carrying a knee problem, while forward Freddie Sears (groin) is back in training. Andre Dozzell (knee) and Teddy Bishop (hamstring) continue their recovery.
Birmingham have lost only one of their last 18 home matches in all competitions against Ipswich (W11 D6), a 1-0 defeat in November 2012.
Ipswich have lost their last three away Championship visits to Birmingham City, including a 1-0 defeat in March last season.
Birmingham manager Garry Monk has won all three of his home Championship matches against Ipswich without conceding a single goal.
Ipswich have lost eight of their last nine away Championship games (W1) and each of the last four - they last went on a longer run of away defeats between November and December 2007 (run of six).
Birmingham striker Che Adams has scored more goals from outside the box than any other player in the Championship this season (3).
Ipswich have scored just one goal away from home in the Championship this term; the joint-fewest in the division, along with Millwall and Rotherham.
David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (7/1 with Sky Bet)