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Statzone: Blues v Burnley

Posted: Wed 12 Mar 2014
Author: WhoScored.com

Will Packwood

Check out a statistical preview of tonight's Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Burnley (7.45pm kick-off).

Ahead of the welcome of Burnley to St. Andrew’s this evening football statistics website WhoScored.com have previewed the encounter.

In the corresponding fixture earlier this season Burnley ran out 3-0 winners at Turf Moor thanks to two goals from Danny Ings and Scott Arfield.
 
Burnley will be looking to take a huge step towards a Premier League return on Wednesday, but will come up against a Birmingham City side who are unbeaten in their last four home league meetings with The Clarets, winning two. Lee Clark’s side will be keen to extend this run on Wednesday evening, with Will Packwood in particular expected to play an important role.
 
The 20-year-old had initially been sent on loan to Bristol Rovers, but was recalled at the end of 2013 and has gone on to impress for Birmingham, echoed in his WhoScored.com rating of 7.36. If the hosts are to secure a positive result in the Championship fixture, Packwood’s defensive ability will be crucial.
 
His impressive reading of the game has seen him gain a WhoScored.com strength of ‘ball interception’, with Packwood able to sniff out danger before an opposition attacking move can develop. One of Burnley’s statistically calculated styles of play is ‘attempts through balls often’ and the young centre-back will need to be on top of his game if he’s to exhibit this quality and deny the away side from creating goalscoring chances.
 
At the other end of the pitch, and with Packwood standing at 6’3”, the imposing centre-back can provide an attacking threat for his side. One of Burnley’s WhoScored weaknesses is ‘defending set pieces’ and should Birmingham win a free-kick in the attacking third, the physical presence of Packwood would help capitalise on these opportunities for the good of the team.
 
If his displays for Birmingham are anything to go by, Packwood has the qualities to succeed at the highest level. His attributes both defensively and offensively will aid the club on Wednesday in their quest to secure 3 points against the Clarets, in turn denting Burnley’s promotion push.

*This article is not the view of Birmingham City Football Club but WhoScored.com, 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.