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Preview: Blues v Blackburn Rovers

Our full match preview ahead of tonight's Sky Bet Championship fixture between Blues and Blackburn Rovers at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium (7.45pm kick-off).

Pep Clotet on Blues' performance against Leeds United at the weekend...
"Everybody who saw the game against Leeds would agree that we saw a fantastic Birmingham second-half and it was carried on from what we did against Middlesbrough. It's about trying to keep growing. When you put in a performance like that away from home against Leeds United it's difficult to take when you don't get the points. Apart from that it's very positive and we know we are a little bit in transition this season but the steps we are taking on the pitch are massive."

Pep Clotet on the extent of Gary Gardner's injury after he limped off against Leeds...
"Gary twisted his knee and he's having assessments now, so it's too early still."

Pep Clotet on his side building on recent performances...
"The Leeds result is what it is and now it's about thinking about Blackburn and building on where we are and keep growing and keep giving confidence to our young side as well and use the experience we have in the side for that purpose and keep making steps forward as a Club."

Blackburn Head Coach Tony Mowbray's comments ahead of the game...
“They (Blues) have some very good technical footballers and play very narrow. They have the likes of (Dan) Crowley in the team and he’s a very good playmaker. They have recruited some foreign players who are not very well known but are very technically gifted. They are big, strong and mobile at the back and (Lukas) Jutkiewicz up top is always a handful. We go to a game away from home against a team who are better than they were last season. They’re the next challenge for us. We know it’s going to be a tough game. I watched their game against Middlesbrough recently and they won it late on in front of a very vocal support. It’s a game we believe we can win."

Blues team news...
Croatian midfielder Ivan Sunjic will miss the game as he serves out a one-match ban, after collecting his fifth red card of the campaign during Saturday's game at Leeds United. Gary Gardner is unlikely to figure after limping off late on in the same fixture at Elland Road after twisting his knee. Maikel Kieftenbeld (knee) remains out.

Blackburn team news...
Darragh Lenihan will miss out after sustaining a knee injury whilst on international duty with the Republic of Ireland. Fellow defender Greg Cunningham is also sidelined with a knee problem. Joe Grayson (hamstring) and Sam Hart (patella) will miss out. Dominic Samuel will have a late fitness test as he looks to recover from a groin strain. Former Blues full-back Amari'i Bell could feature after recovering from a knee injury.

Last five meetings between Blues and Blackburn Rovers...
Championship 23 Feb 2019 Blues 2 Blackburn 2
Championship 15 Dec 2018 Blackburn 2 Blues 2
Championship 21 Jan 2017 Blackburn 1 Blues 1
Championship 01 Oct 2016 Blues 1 Blackburn 0
Championship 08 Mar 2016 Blackburn 2 Blues 0

Total meetings between Blues and Blackburn...
Blues wins: 46
Draws: 33
Blackburn wins: 46

Line-ups last league game...
Leeds United v Blues (4-4-2): Camp, Colin, Pedersen, Dean, Roberts, Crowley (Maghoma 66), Sunjic, Bellingham (Gary Gardner 76), Villalba, Gimenez, Jutkiewicz (Bailey 76)
Subs (not used): Stockdale, Harding, Clarke-Salter, Davis.

Blackburn Rovers (3-4-2-1) v Huddersfield Town: Walton, Bennett (c), Adarabioyo, Nyambe, Williams, Downing (Evans, 80), Travis (Rothwell, 71), Johnson, Holtby (Gallagher, 71), Dack, Armstrong.
Subs (not used): Leutwiler, Graham, Rankin-Costello, Buckley.

BluesTV...
This match will be available to watch live on BluesTV for £10. Our multi-camera coverage of the match will begin at 7.15pm, with a pre-match show featuring Dale Moon and Bryan Hughes and match commentary provided by Jonathan Bell and Darren Purse. The Blackburn match will also be the first time our pre-match show is aired free of charge on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube. More details on this will be announced in due course. Click here for more information.

Match officials...
Darren England will take charge of tonight's game. So far this season the South Yorkshire-based official has refereed nine games, where he has produced a total of 16 yellow cards but no reds. The last Blues game he refereed was our Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Swansea City in August 2018. That game ended in a 0-0 draw and there were two players booked; including Jota for the hosts. He has refereed four Blues game to date, two of which we have drawn and two we have lost. The last Blackburn he refereed was their Championship home fixture against Ipswich Town in January 2019. Blackburn won that game 2-0 and three players were cautioned; including Darragh Lenihan and Joe Nuttall for Rovers. He has refereed six Blackburn games in total; three of which they have won, two they have drawn and one they have lost. Mr England will be assisted on Tuesday by Nick Greenhalgh and Sam Lewis, with Simon Mather acting as the fourth official.

Tickets...
Tickets for this game are priced at just £15 for adults, £10 for seniors, 19-24 and 16-18, with Under-16s tickets at £5. For purchasing details, click here.

Supporter message...
The Club urges all supporters to be responsible in their behaviour and actions. Birmingham City knows that the overwhelming majority of our supporters do not indulge in anti-social activities and are passionate about the players and the Club. We appreciate this. We adopt a zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of missiles and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. Pitch encroachment is forbidden and against the law. Please DO NOT encroach onto the pitch. Any person found to be encroaching on the pitch will automatically be served with a banning order - regardless of the circumstances. It is important that bottles, coins, flares and other items not thrown at our matches. Again, we would like to thank the overwhelming majority of supporters for their backing and their understanding.

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