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Opponents profile - Birmingham City

24 September 2015

A short profile on Saturday's opponents...

The Millers travel to St Andrew’s at the weekend to take on Birmingham City in the Championship, but what can we expect from Saturday’s opponents?

Despite lying in seventh place, Birmingham will come into Saturday’s game on the back of a 1-0 League Cup third-round loss to bitter rivals Aston Villa.

Their league form has been impressive though and their lofty position owes much to a strong start to the season which saw them win five of their first seven matches in all competitions. In fact, their only league loss so far came at the hands of Nottingham Forest, who beat the Blues 1-0 at St Andrew’s.

The Blues are likely to line up in a 4-3-3 formation, with leading goalscorer Clayton Donaldson leading the line and support arriving from Demarai Gray and David Cotterill.

Major honours
League Cup: 1963, 2011

League position

One to watch
19-year-old Demarai Gray is attracting plenty of Premier League interest and his mature performances are impressive for such a young player.

He often lines up on the left of a front three and likes to cut inside onto his favoured right foot, but with bundles of pace he can also dart into space on the touchline. Gray is yet to register a goal or an assist so far this season, but the Rotherham defence will have to stay alert to ensure he doesn’t get off the mark on Saturday.

Previous encounters
The Millers lost both encounters last season, losing 2-1 away in April and going down 1-0 at the New York Stadium in November 2014.

Likely Lineup
Kuszczak; Caddis, Morrison, Spector, Grounds; Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Shinnie; Cotterill, Donaldson, Gray

Neal Eardley (knee).

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