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Birmingham City’s predicted starting XI against Barnsley

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Birmingham City have experienced every single result possible so far this season.

A win on the opening day against Brentford was followed up by a draw to Bristol City but at the weekend they suffered a 3-0 thrashing at the hands of Midlands rivals Nottingham Forest.

The three results see Pep Clotet’s men sit almost slap-bang in the middle of the Championship table in 15th and considering they lost vital players such as Che Adams to Southampton for £15m and Jota to arch-rivals Aston Villa over the summer, that isn’t the worst place they could be.

In Adams they have lost 22 goals whilst Jota laid on 11 assists for the side last season.

However, they are currently the league’s joint-lowest goal scorers having netted just twice in three matches, so will Clotet change his squad for this fixture?

Here’s our predicted lineup…

The Blues should stick with their regular defence given that goalkeeper Lee Camp and the back four in front of him have played in all three Championship games this season – meaning Kristian Pedersen, Harlee Dean, Marc Roberts and Maxime Colin should all remain.

There could be a debut for deadline day arrival Jefferson Montero, which would add width to the side, especially as Jacques Maghoma is expected to miss the match through injury.

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The Swansea loanee has been awaiting international clearance to play but Clotet seemed confident about his chances after the Forest defeat at the weekend.

A change of system would allow Lukas Jutkiewicz to gain a partner – a problem we have previously highlighted on Football FanCast – meaning a defensive midfield option could be required if the Blues boss goes with Alvaro Gimenez as that second striker.

Ivan Sunjic might be favoured over Gary Gardner and David Davis as he’s the more out-and-out defensive midfield option of the three, playing 84 of his 93 career games in that very role.

The change would also allow Dan Crowley to play in a more advanced attacking midfield role, which could bring a solution to the aforementioned problem in attack.

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