Blackpool v Birmingham preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash Blackpool and Birmingham City at Bloomfield Road.

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LuaLua: Could start for Blackpool

LuaLua: Could start for Blackpool

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Lomana LuaLua is ready to return to Blackpool's attack.

LuaLua has impressed since joining the Seasiders following his release by Cypriot club Omonia Nicosia.

However he was a surprise exclusion from the matchday 16 for last weekend's trip to Middlesbrough and Holloway later revealed the former Newcastle forward had been dropped as punishment for missing a team meeting.

The Tangerines boss this week stated the incident is fully resolved and LuaLua will join top scorer Kevin Phillips and a fit-again Gary Taylor-Fletcher in battling for a place up-front.

Holloway has no new injury worries as his side look to extend a run of three games unbeaten in the Championship.

Jonjo Shelvey is Blackpool's form player with five goals in his last four outings.

Birmingham duo Liam Ridgewell and Morgaro Gomis will be assessed ahead of the clash.

Left-back Ridgewell has missed the club's last two matches, including Tuesday's 2-1 win against Burnley, with a thigh injury and his progress will be monitored as eighth face seventh in the Championship at Bloomfield Road.

However, should Ridgewell prove his fitness, manager Chris Hughton may prefer to continue with David Murphy following his impressive performances having come back into the side.

Midfielder Gomis has returned to training and faces a late fitness test after spending over a month out with a calf injury.

Jordon Mutch is also nearing a return from a broken ankle but is not quite ready.

Hughton made just the one change in midweek, Nikola Zigic coming in up front for Chris Wood, and he is again expected to chop and change as he continues to juggle the demands of City's hectic season.

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Championship Fixtures

Saturday, 20 September 2014
12:15
Watford v Bournemth  
15:00
Brighton v Blackpool  
Derby v Cardiff  
Fulham v Blackburn  
Leeds v Huddersfld  
M'boro v Brentford  
Millwall v N Forest  
Norwich v Birmingham  
Rotherham v Charlton  
Sheff Wed v Reading  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 N Forest 7 10 17
2 Norwich 7 10 16
3 Watford 7 7 15
4 Wolves 7 4 14
5 Charlton 7 3 13
6 Reading 7 1 13
7 Derby 7 5 12
8 Sheff Wed 7 3 12
9 M'boro 7 2 12
10 Ipswich 7 3 11
11 Brentford 7 0 11
12 Millwall 7 0 10
13 Blackburn 7 -1 10
14 Leeds 7 -3 10
15 Bournemth 7 1 8
16 Wigan 7 1 8
17 Cardiff 7 -1 8
18 Brighton 7 -2 7
19 Rotherham 7 -4 7
20 Birmingham 7 -7 6
21 Bolton 7 -5 5
22 Huddersfld 7 -8 5
23 Blackpool 7 -7 1
24 Fulham 7 -12 1

Updated Wed, 17 Sep 2014

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