Ahead of Blues' league meeting with Millwall, football statistics website WhoScored.com
has taken the opportunity to preview the fixture.
Lee Clark’s team have won an impressive 23 points away from home in the Championship this season (the tenth best) and will be confident of adding to that against an underwhelming Millwall side. The Lions currently sit just three points off the foot of the table having won just one of their last 11 games in England’s second-tier.
Blues are currently unbeaten in their last six meetings with Millwall in all competitions, winning four and netting an impressive 21 goals. Clark will therefore be demanding his players put the south London outfit to the sword on Tuesday evening at The Den. Width will be key in the encounter, with full-back Paul Caddis expected to play a pivotal role.
Caddis has been integral for Blues under Clark, making 29 league appearances for the Midlands outfit this term, 26 of which have been starts. The 25-year-old put in an impressive display at the weekend in the meeting with Reading, netting from the spot and landing the WhoScored.com
man of the match award in the process with a rating of 8.3.
There's a decent chance he will be able churn out a similar performance against a Millwall side that has conceded in nine of their last ten league outings. One of the Lions’ statistically calculated weaknesses is ‘defending attacks down the wings’ and it’s here where Caddis can hurt tonight’s opponents.
The Scotland international has regularly provided an attacking threat from deep for Blues this season, with 21 of his 26 starts coming at right-back. With a WhoScored.com
strength of ‘crossing’, Caddis has the ability to break down the flank before providing for his attack-minded teammates.
Furthermore, with three of his four league goals coming from the penalty spot, Caddis may well be presented with the chance to add to his tally against Millwall, with a weakness of the Ian Holloway’s side coming when ‘avoiding fouling in dangerous areas’. Should the hosts concede any penalties, it’s likely that the defender can punish Millwall’s indiscipline in the 18-yard box.
Whether he is providing for his teammates or scoring, Caddis will be crucial when Blues travel to the Capital. His quality out wide will stretch the Millwall defence and can help Blues to their seventh away win in their last 12 league games on the road.
*This article is not the view of Birmingham City Football Club, but WhoScored.com
which is a unique website and one of the fastest growing in the sports industry, 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.