Birmingham v Peterborough preview

Team news ahead of Saturday's Championship clash between Birmingham and Peterborough at St Andrew's.

Last Updated: 31/08/12 at 10:43

Carr: Could return for Blues

Carr: Could return for Blues

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Birmingham hope to see the return of full-backs Stephen Carr and David Murphy but fellow defender Curtis Davies will be assessed.

Captain Carr (thigh) is yet to feature this season while Murphy (knee) has been sidelined for the last 10 days, but their prospective inclusions this weekend will provide a huge boost to under-pressure boss Lee Clark.

Centre-back Davies hobbled out of Blues' midweek Capital One Cup defeat at Coventry nursing an ankle injury and should he not make it then Pablo Ibanez will step in alongside Steven Caldwell.

With Keith Fahey (groin) still absent, Jonathan Spector is expected to push into central midfield.

Peter Lovenkrands' goal on Tuesday means he will likely compete with Nikola Zigic to determine who lines up with Marlon King in attack, as Blues go in search of their first three points of the season in what Clark has labelled a must-win clash.

Captain Gaby Zakuani will return to the Peterborough starting line-up.

Zakuani was one of three players rested for the Capital One Cup defeat to Reading on Tuesday night, along with right-back Craig Alcock and midfielder Lee Frecklington.

It remains to be seen whether Shaun Brisley will be able to partner Zakuani at the heart of the defence after injury forced him off at the Madejski Stadium.

Posh boss Darren Ferguson said: "We asked Shaun what was wrong. He said he wanted to stay on then he wanted to come off. It was an injury, but I didn't ask him about it straight after the match."

Tyrone Barnett will continue to be monitored. The striker has yet to feature this season because of a hamstring problem.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 03 March 2015
19:45
B'mouth v Wolves  
Brentford v Huddsf'ld  
Brighton v Derby  
Charlton v N Forest  
M'boro v Millwall  
Rotherham v Cardiff  
Watford v Fulham  
20:00
Bolton v Reading  
Wednesday, 04 March 2015
19:45
Birm'ham v Blackpool  
Leeds v Ipswich  

Footer 365

Greg Dyke offers Wembley as venue for possible FIFA presidential debate

FA chairman Greg Dyke has offered Wembley Stadium to host a FIFA presidential debate, should one be arranged before May's election.

Wilfried Bony says Manchester City may need 11 wins to retain Premier League title

Wilfried Bony has said Manchester City may have to win all of their last 11 matches to retain the Premier League title.

Liverpool's Joe Allen says form of Philippe Coutinho vital

Joe Allen has said Philippe Coutinho's form is no surprise as Liverpool continue to climb the Premier League table.

Mail Box

Jose Settles Most Boring Team Debate...

There's lots of reaction to Chelsea and Liverpool's wins on Sunday, plus one Mailboxer asking: Who is the Premier League's best midfielder?

Are Tottenham Right To Redevelop?

It's a really good Friday afternoon Mailbox, with thoughts on Spurs' ground development, the Europa league (leave it alone) and one man running for a very good cause...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company