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Key Player

Demarai Gray will be pivotal If ‘The Blues are going to replicate last season’s 10th place finish. The winger showed last season that he can turn a game on its head at the flick of a switch and this ability is vital to a team that in my opinion may be troubled by relegation threats. Gray scored 7 goals in 48 appearances last term and was Birmingham’s 3rd top scorer behind Clayton Donaldson and Paul Caddis. The 19-year-old has been subject of interest from plenty of Championship and even a few Premier League sides, the lure of top tier football and of course wages may be enough to slide the youngster away from St Andrews.

One to Watch

Shinnie will hope to add more goals to his game
Shinnie will hope to add more goals to his game

Andrew Shinnie will definitely have an impact if he performs as well as he did last term. The attacking midfielder has grabbed himself 4 goals in his two year spell with ‘The Blues’. He joined the Championship side from Inverness Caledonian Thistle beck in 2012 where he played with his brother Graeme who has also been linked with a move south of the border.

Prediction

The experienced backline of Paul Robinson and David Edgar should be enough to close the floodgates at St Andrews, but don’t be surprised if they have a few off days. Robinson, now 36, severely lacks pace, which could become a huge problem if faced with a rapid forward tight on his shoulder. With the likes of Jaques Maghoma, Mark Duffy, and David Cotterill in midfield you can see them creating a hatful of chances but it does worry me that they don’t have the frontman to finish of the moves.

 

Prediction – 15th

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