Man City v Birmingham preview

Team news for Saturday's Premier League clash between Manchester City and Birmingham at Eastlands

Last Updated: 12/11/10 at 11:51   

Mancini: Set to make changes

Mancini: Set to make changes

Roberto Mancini is likely to make a number of changes to his side as City prepare for their third game in a week following meetings with West Brom and Manchester United.

Mario Balotelli serves the second game of a three-match ban but Adam Johnson and Emmanuel Adebayor are amongst those hoping for a recall.

Birmingham boss Alex McLeish has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game, with James McFadden the only long-term absentee with a knee ligament injury.

Colin Doyle is expected to again deputise as back-up keeper to Ben Foster while Maik Taylor recovers from a shoulder problem.

Full-back David Murphy could be in contention for a place amongst the substitutes after returning to training following a hamstring injury.

McLeish has to decide whether to restore playmaker Alexander Hleb to the starting line-up after leaving him out for the midweek defeat at Stoke.

Manchester City (from): Hart, Richards, Zabaleta, Bridge, Lescott, Boyata, De Jong, Vieira, Barry, Johnson, K Toure, Y Toure, Tevez, Silva, Adebayor, Kolarov, Given, Milner, Kompany, Boateng.

Birmingham (from): Foster, Carr, Johnson, Dann, Ridgewell, Larsson, Ferguson, Gardner, Beausejour, Zigic, Jerome, Fahey, Doyle, Parnaby, Bowyer, Phillips, Hleb, Murphy, Derbyshire, Michel, Jiranek.

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Premier League Fixtures

Saturday, 19 April 2014
12:45
Tottenham v Fulham
15:00
A Villa v Southampton
Cardiff v Stoke City
Newcastle v Swansea
West Ham v C Palace
17:30
Chelsea v Sunderland
Sunday, 20 April 2014
12:00
Norwich v Liverpool
14:05
Hull City v Arsenal
16:10
Everton v Man Utd
Monday, 21 April 2014
20:00
Man City v West Brom

Barclays Premier League

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Liverpool 34 51 77
2 Chelsea 34 42 75
3 Man City 33 54 71
4 Arsenal 34 18 67
5 Everton 34 21 66
6 Tottenham 34 0 60
7 Man Utd 33 18 57
8 Southampton 34 5 48
9 Newcastle 34 -14 46
10 Stoke City 34 -10 43
11 C Palace 34 -14 40
12 West Ham 34 -9 37
13 Hull City 33 -6 36
14 A Villa 33 -14 34
15 Swansea 34 -5 33
16 West Brom 33 -11 33
17 Norwich 34 -27 32
18 Fulham 34 -40 30
19 Cardiff 34 -34 29
20 Sunderland 33 -25 26

Updated Thu, 17 Apr 2014

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