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FA Cup Preview: Coventry City v Blues

I just hope our 9,000 fans can outsing the 10,000 Coventry fans. At the end of the day it's a game of football and we want the best possible atmosphere - a rocking stadium and a fantastic afternoon.

Pep Clotet.

Our full match preview ahead of Saturday's Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round tie between Coventry City and Blues at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Pep Clotet on the scenario of Blues being the away side against Coventry City at the St. Andrew’s Trillion Trophy Stadium...
"We're kind of the home team playing away from home at our place. It's very interesting because I've never been in this situation before. We've got to prepare like it's an away game, get changed in the away dressing room and travel there on the coach. But we know as soon as the players step out onto the grass it's our place and I'm sure all the fans will back us 100 per cent. It's a very good game for two clubs that will compete to the maximum of their abilities on Saturday. We're kind of brothers sharing a home which makes it nice."

Pep Clotet's thought's on Coventry City...
"I've watched them live and I've watched a lot of footage. I know League One very well since my experiences there. Coventry are on the way up and in a good moment of confidence. They achieved promotion to League One and then established themselves and are now competing in the play-off spots. I think they will finish very strong in League One."

Pep Clotet on Coventry's style of play...
"They try to dominate the possession, play through the lines and try to get through passes and cause problems to the opposition. With the ball they're a team that tries to play forward. They look to press and for high possession. They have outlets out wide because their system allows them to switch play. They play a very similar system to the one that Middlesbrough played against us on Tuesday. We know the things that worked well for us and the things that didn't work so well, so we want to make them better for Saturday."

Pep Clotet asked about the possibility of making changes to his side with it being the cup...
"We will assess the squad and how everyone is. We want to put out the best possible team available under the circumstances of where we are. They change week in and week out. Cups give you the opportunity to try different things, but I haven't decided on it yet."

Pep Clotet asked about ongoing media speculation surrounding the future of Jude Bellingham...
"Nothing has been notified to me. Jude has a fantastic professional attitude. He's very mature and very focused on his football and this thing has not affected him at all. Jude is Birmingham through and through. To hear these kinds of rumours it always gives you a lot of confidence as a club that you’re doing the right things. As a coach I'm very happy with Jude's performances. He is very committed to the team."

Pep Clotet on how much is looking forward to the cup tie...
"I'm sure it's going to be a fantastic football game, and anything can happen. Whoever is more prepared, has a better day and gets a little bit more luck than the opposition will win the game. I just hope our 9,000 fans can outsing the 10,000 Coventry fans. At the end of the day it's a game of football and we want the best possible atmosphere - a rocking stadium and a fantastic afternoon. But we want it to be under control where we all go there to enjoy the game and help our team. That's for the benefit of football."

Blues team news...
Captain Harlee Dean is available for selection again having missed Blues' last two games because of suspension. There are no fresh injury concerns. The only player definitely sidelined is long-term injury absentee Maikel Kieftenbeld.

Coventry team news...
The Coventry trio of Wesley Jobello, Dan Bartlett and Reise Allassani are all out because of ACL knee injuries.

Last five meetings between Coventry and Blues...
Capital One Cup 28 Aug 2012 Coventry 3 Blues 2
Championship 10 Mar 2012 Coventry 1 Blues 1
Championship 13 Aug 2011 Blues 1 Coventry 0
FA Cup 29 Jan 2011 Blues 3 Coventry 2
Championship Sa 21 Feb 2009 Coventry 1 Blues 0

Total meetings between Coventry and Blues...
Coventry wins: 17
Draws: 15
Blues wins: 23

Previous FA Cup meetings between Coventry and Blues...
29 January 2011: Blues 3 Coventry 2
24 January 1981: Coventry 3 Blues 2

Form guide last five games...
Coventry: WDDWW
Blues: LWWDD

Line-ups last game...
Doncaster v Coventry (3-4-2-1): Marosi, Rose, McFadzean, Hyam, Dabo, Walsh, Kelly, McCallum, O’Hare (Westbrooke, 82), Shipley (Allen, 67), Godden (Biamou, 83)
Subs (not used): Mason, Wilson, Pask, Bakyoko.

Middlesbrough v Blues (4-2-3-1): Camp, Colin, Pedersen, Roberts, Clarke-Salter, Davis, Gary Gardner, Bela (Bellingham 76), Mrabti (Crowley 61), Maghoma, Jutkiewicz
Subs (not used): Montero, McEachran, Gimenez, Trueman, Sunjic.

BluesTV...
Broadcasting restrictions mean that we are unable to show Saturday's game live. Only audio commentary (included in UK and international subscriptions) will be available. For details about BluesTV, click here.

Match officials...
Tim Robinson will take charge of Saturday's game. So far this season the West Sussex based official has refereed 20 games, where he has produced a total of 63 yellow cards, one red, and awarded five penalties. The last Blues game he refereed was our Sky Bet Championship away fixture against Reading in December 2019. Blues won that match 3-2 and there were two players cautioned; including Josh McEachran for Blues He has refereed six Coventry game to date; with the Sky Blues winning three of them and losing three. The last Coventry game that he refereed was their League One home fixture against Colchester United in March 2016. The Sky Blues lost that game 1-0 and there were three players cautioned in total; including Jack Stephens and Romain Vincelot for the hosts. Mr Robinson will be assisted on Saturday by Adrian Waters and Matthew McGrath, with Ben Toner acting as the fourth official.

Tickets...
Blues have sold our full allocation of 9,260 tickets for this game. No further tickets will be available.

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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