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Birmingham Preview

31 January 2013

Nottingham Forest will be keen to begin February in victorious style when they make the short trip to Birmingham City on Saturday (kick-off 3pm).

The Reds were stung 3-0 by Gianfranco Zola’s Hornets last weekend and must improve significantly if they are to reignite their pursuit of a playoff place.

Cash-strapped Birmingham may lose some key first teamers as deadline day progresses, but any worries over the club’s future didn’t appear to affect their players as they ran out 2-1 winners at Burnley last Saturday.

Alex McLeish has no new injury worries, although it remains to be seen whether or not Adlene Guedioura will be back in time to feature after Algeria were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations.

Guedioura was due to head back to Nottingham today after lining up for Algeria in their 2-2 draw with Ivory Coast last night.

Daniel Ayala (hamstring) and Marcus Tudgay (collarbone) remain unavailable to McLeish.
 
The Blues are not reporting any fresh concerns.

Forest - 19th
Birmingham – 4th (Play-Off Semi-Finalists)

Darren Wassall

Birmingham-born Wassall began his career with Forest, emerging through the youth ranks at The City Ground and making 27 league appearances on Trentside.
 
It wasn’t until the latter stages of the defender’s career that he joined this weekend’s oppenents – originally on loan from Derby County before making a permanent switch to St Andrews in 1997.
 
An Achilles injury sustained in a match against Forest halted his progress with The Blues and his playing career - which also saw him turn out for Hereford, Bury and Manchester City - ended with then-non-league side Burton Albion.
 
He moved into youth coaching and currently holds the position of academy manager under Nigel Clough at Pride Park.

Forest wins over Birmingham: 38 (34 League, 2 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Birmingham wins over Forest: 35 (30 League, 3 FA Cup, 2 League Cup)
Draws: 30 (25 League, 4 FA Cup, 1 League Cup)

Referee: Darren Deadman
Assistant Referees: Derek Eaton and Danny Gratton
Fourth Official: John Busby

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