Middlesbrough were unbeaten against Birmingham last season winning this exact fixture 3-1, though they were shown two red cards in the process.
Birmingham have lost eight of their last nine league trips to Middlesbrough, winning the other,1-0 in March 2013.
Boro have gone five games without a win on the opening day of the season, losing three (D2).
Birmingham City have failed to win any of their last five games on the opening day of the season, losing three and drawing two.
The Blues conceded a joint-league-high 37 first-half goals in 2013/14.
Middlesbrough scored 37 goals via midfielders last season; the most in the division.
Birmingham City scored 15 goals via substitutes last term, a league-high.
Grant Leadbitter created 86 chances for Middlesbrough last season, more than any other player.
Leadbitter also provided nine assists in 2013/14, three more than any of his teammates.
There has been 21 goals scored in the last six Championship meetings between these two sides, an average of 3.5 per game.