Birmingham v Wolves preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 04/12/17 8:21pm
Birmingham could recall David Davis against his former club Wolves when the sides meet for a Monday night derby, live on Sky Sports Football from 7.30pm.
Davis is back in training after a knee injury, while Jason Lowe (hamstring), Craig Gardner (calf) and Stephen Gleeson (thigh) have also made progress from recent problems to boost Blues boss Steve Cotterill's options against the Sky Bet Championship leaders.
Arsenal loanee Carl Jenkinson is close to a return after being out since the start of the season following surgery on a dislocated shoulder but this game is likely to come too soon.
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Wolves are seeking a sixth straight win but Cotterill has urged his players not to be overawed as they try to check the visitors' charge and build momentum of their own following a morale-boosting point at Sheffield United last time out.
"I'm expecting to see a confident team because their scorelines and their results have suggested that," Cotterill said. "But we've already played teams in the top half.
"We'll treat Wolves with the respect they deserve but hopefully not too much on Monday night."
Wolves will be without suspended Ruben Neves, who collected his fifth booking of the season in the 5-1 win over Bolton.
The midfielder has been one of Wolves' standout summer arrivals but boss Nuno Espirito Santo insists his other continental stars know the importance of the derby showdown.
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"Of course the players understand," Nuno told reporters ahead of the game. "They go to the supermarket, they go to the grocery (store), and the people that work there say 'come on, Wolves ay we'.
"Monday is special and you have to deal with your emotions. It's a derby, we cannot forget that - derbies are different. We look at Birmingham as a good team - a tough team. Taking care of your emotions during the game is the most important - dealing with our emotions but never stop playing, always going for the win."
Birmingham have lost three of their last four home league games against Wolves (W1), as many as in their previous 13 combined.
Wolves haven't won three consecutive league games at St. Andrew's since a run of six between 1957 and 1963.
Birmingham have failed to score more than twice in a league game in their last 52 attempts, scoring just 36 goals.
Wolves, meanwhile, have fired in nine goals in their last two Championship games - more than opponents Birmingham (8) have managed in their last 17 games.
Birmingham have won both Championship games this season when they've faced the side starting that day top of the division, beating Bristol City in August and Cardiff in October.
Wolves have won their last five Championship matches by a margin of two or more goals - the last Championship side to win six in a row by this margin of victory were Reading in December 2005 (eight in a row) on their way to winning the division that season.
Can anyone stop Wolves? I feel like we're asking this question every week and, more often than not, the answer is no.
Birmingham showed some great resilience to hold Sheffield United to a draw last week, but it's hard to see where they can match this opposition on Monday night. This has got comfortable away win written all over it.
Prutton predicts: 1-3 with Leo Bonatini to score first (35/1 with Sky Bet)