Ahead of Birmingham City’s game with Wigan Athletic, football statistics website WhoScored.com
have taken the opportunity to preview the fixture.
The two sides played out a goalless draw when they met on Boxing Day last year and a repeat of that result will be enough to take the home side out of the relegation zone with one game remaining. Blues have lost just one of their last five league meetings with the Latics and will be desperate to secure maximum points at the expense of their Championship counterparts.
Wigan’s quest to secure a play-off berth was dented following the shock 2-0 home defeat to Blackpool at the weekend and the Blues will aim to repeat the Tangerines’ feat at St. Andrew’s on Tuesday night.
A player expected to play a key role in the meeting is midfielder Emyr Huws. Of every Birmingham player currently at the club with five or more league appearances this season, only David Murphy (7.41) has earned a better WhoScored.com
rating than Huws (7.28), highlighting how impressive he has been for the midlands outfit since joining on loan.
No one has won more WhoScored.com man of the match awards (2) of every player currently plying their trade for Birmingham and the supporters will be hoping he can add to this against Wigan. Uwe Rösler’s side have developed a WhoScored.com weakness of ‘defending set pieces’ over the season and it’s here where Huws can punish the Latics’ backline.
A strength of the Wales international happens to be ‘direct free kicks’ and should Birmingham win a set piece in the attacking third, Huws has the quality to maximise these potential goalscoring opportunities. With the 20-year-old clearly having been targeted, given the style of play of his ‘gets fouled often’, there’s every chance that Huws will also be able to win these offensive free kicks for the benefit of his teammates.
Boasting further strengths of ‘dribbling’ and ‘key passes’, the creativity of the young midfielder will pose a constant threat to a Wigan defence that has conceded in each of their last six league games away from home. His ability on the ball from deep means it’s likely he will regularly be in possession to provide the drive from midfield.
If Huws is able to play to the standards he has proven he is capable of, Birmingham are capable of overcoming Wigan. Victory will not only see the Latics fall to their third defeat in their last four on the road, but significantly boost the Blues’ survival hopes.
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