Birmingham City vs Wycombe Wanderers preview: How to watch, team news, predicted lineups, ones to watch
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Both teams come into this fixture off the back of victories on Saturday, with Birmingham City beating Preston North End 2-1 at Deepdale for the first time since 2001 and Wycombe Wanderers prevailing against Sheffield Wednesday, winning 1-0 in a first Championship victory for the Chairboys.

  • Pre match thoughts

Both sides will be looking to record back-to-back victories, as three points would see Birmingham firmly in the play-off picture whereas three points could potentially lift Wycombe out of the bottom three.

Birmingham head coach, Aitor Karanka believes that concentration is key for Blues, he said:

''If we think Wycombe is going to be an easy game because they’re a recently promoted team, we’ll be making a big mistake. We need to know it will be tough and we will need one-hundred-and-fifty percent to win the game.''

Wycombe assistant coach, Richard Dobson, took charge of the team's game on Saturday and will take charge once more with manager Gareth Ainsworth recovering from a back operation. After Saturday's game, Dobson explained:

”We’re starting to prove that we deserve to be here. We took Watford all the way the other night, Norwich as well who were very fortunate to beat us on the day, so I think we’re growing as a club and we’re going in the right direction.''

  • Team news

Birmingham are not expected of make many changes after an effective change in formation last week, and veteran Matt Bloomfield will be pushing to start for Wycombe at the expense of Dennis Adeniran

  • Predicted lineups

Birmingham City

Etheridge; Friend, Dean, Roberts, San José, Colin, Šunjić, Gardner, McGree, Sánchez, Jutkiewicz.

Wycombe Wanderers

Allsopp; Grimmer, Stewart, Knight, Jacobson, Bloomfield, Thompson, Kashket, Wheeler, Horgan, Akinfenwa.

  • Ones to watch

Birmingham City - Riley McGree

The Australian midfielder joined Birmingham on loan in the summer transfer window from MLS expansion club, Charlotte FC and has so far proven to be a success. The attacking midfielder netted his first Blues goal last Saturday on his first league start after two minutes, and McGree looks to be the missing link in midfield. His box-to-box play was something missing in the Birmingham ranks last season and electric pace adds a fear factor for opposing defenders. McGree will look to add to his goal tally on Wednesday and impress the Birmingham faithful with a good home performance. 

Wycombe Wanderers - Joe Jacobson 

Jacobson has made 229 appearances for the Chairboys over six years, a cult hero for the club who continue to trouble opposing clubs with their set pieces delivered by the Welsh defender. Corners from Jacobson have caused problems for Championship clubs thus far and Jacobson's set pieces may be the difference in this matchup, just as they were in Saturday's win over Sheffield Wednesday.

  • Previous meetings

These two sides have only met five times in total, with Birmingham winning the last meeting in 2008, a League Cup tie that ended 4-0 at Adams Park with goals from Medhi Nafti, Garry O'Connor, Cameron Jerome and Quincy Owusu- Abeyie. Birmingham prevailed in the other three fixtures, with Wycombe's triumph coming in 1994, a 1-0 win in League One.

  • How to watch

The game will be available to watch at 7.45pm on Wednesday with a match pass available to purchase on each team's iFollow accounts for £10 respectively. 

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