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Statzone: Ipswich Town v Blues

Posted: Fri 28 Feb 2014

Statzone: Ipswich Town v Blues

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Check out a statistical preview of the Sky Bet Championship fixture at Ipswich Town on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Prior to Birmingham City's trip to Ipswich, football statistics website has taken the opportunity to preview the fixture.
Blues will look to maintain their impressive away form, which has seen them win 23 points this season; a return only four teams can better. On the back of the 2-1 win over Blackpool, Lee Clark's side have now secured a positive result in eight of their last 10 games on the road and against an Ipswich side that have won just one of their last five outings, Birmingham will be understandably confident of picking up three points at Portman Road.
A key performer under Clark of late has been young Emyr Huws. The midfielder moved to St. Andrew's on loan from Manchester City at the end of January and has gone on to showcase his potential, with his displays earning him a recent call-up to the senior Wales squad.
Such have been the 20-year-old's performances in the middle of the park that Huws has garnered an average rating of 7.94 in his five appearances, the highest of every Championship player to have made at least 1 start this term. Despite his short time in the West Midlands, the youngster has become a key member in the starting XI and it's no shock that the club extended his initial one-month loan spell.
He is expected to lineup once again this weekend as Blues aim to claw their way up the table. Huws' penetrative passing ability has seen him develop a statistically calculated strength of 'key passes' and that comes as little wonder with the loan star registering 2 assists already.
Those assists came in wins on the road for Blues, where the away team generally sees less of the ball. As such, Huws is evidently able to maximise his time in possession, with his eye for a defence splitting pass a useful attribute that significantly increases the Blues’ goalscoring chances.
Even when not on the ball, Huws' reading of the game means he's gained a strength of 'ball interception' with the player able to cut out potential opposition goalscoring opportunities. In turn, his vision means he can swiftly instigate attacks for Blues having won the ball for his side.
Again, away from home this will be of great assistance to Clark's side and against an Ipswich outfit that has a weakness of 'keeping possession of the ball', this will increase the possibility of Birmingham putting the hosts to the sword.

*This article is not the opinion of Birmingham City Football Club but, a unique website specialising in the in-depth analysis of detailed football data. Provided with unique stats, they compile and create comprehensive analysis on the major European divisions, including live match stats and player ratings. Follow @WhoScored and their editorial assistant @BenMcAleer1 on Twitter.

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