Birmingham

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TOUGH START

Birmingham have had a tough start to the new season after they have won only one match so far. As a result, they are closer to the relegation zone, and no longer one of the online betting market's favourites for promotion.

Despite their financial difficulties, the club was expected to challenge for promotion spot this season. Due to this difficult start, pressure is certainly a manager Lee Clark. He has said that the team needs to have more self-belief in order to get results. The 1-0 victory over Yeovil town has given Birmingham the three points that they have taken so far.

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BIRMINGHAM NET WIN

Birmingham City recently managed a 2-1 win from their first friendly match of the pre-season against Hull City. The Premier league outfit have spent a lot of money in strengthening their team, but they were not a match for the Championship outfit that finished mid-table last season.

Birmingham looked enthusiastic and were full of vigour in the match. This helped them secured a win over their former Championship opponents. After this victory, manager Lee Clark has said that he cannot wait for the start of the new campaign.

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DEPARTURES

Birmingham City only recently sold defender Curtis Davies to Hull City and they could be set for another major departure from St Andrews after manager Lee Clark has said that striker Nathan Redmond could be sold between now and the end of the transfer window.

The financial difficulties at the West Midlands club are well documented. Hence, they have been selling a number of their better players in order to raise enough money in such a way to ward off their financial troubles. Curtis Davies was one of the impressive players for the club last season as they finished mid-table.

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CLARK TRUSTS KIDS

Birmingham manager Lee Clark has been fielding one of the youngest teams in the Championship this season. As a result, they have looked lacking experience at times.

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SPECTOR IMPRESSED

The former West Ham and American International defender Jonathan Spector has said that he is extremely impressed by the quality shown by the youngsters at Birmingham City.

The injury crisis currently faced by the club has led to the arrival of several youngsters onto the scene in order to cope up with the injury problems for the manager. In the recent match against Cardiff City, Birmingham had as many as 11 players unavailable for the match. As a result, the manager Lee Clark had no other option but to utilise as many as 7 youngsters against Cardiff.

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CLARK HAPPY WITH DRAW

The Birmingham City manager Lee Clark has said that he is extremely happy with the performance of the team in the recent 1-1 draw with Blackpool.

However, he has said that the state of the pitch meant that his side were not able to win the match. Tom Ince managed to give Blackpool the lead after just 17 min on the clock. However, Curtis Davies managed to equalise things early in the second half from a corner. Birmingham did not offer a lot of attacking threat in the first half, but the improved significantly in the second half.

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Birmingham v Burnley

On 22 December Birmingham City plays Burnley at St Andrews Stadium, and the home side seem to be on fire at the moment. Their recent draw with Crystal palace, from a two goal deficit, suggests that some of the struggles the club had coped with this season might be easing; there really might be light at the end of the tunnel.

A win against Burnley would help Birmingham to put a gap between itself and the teams facing possible relegation at the bottom of the championship table. Currently a Birmingham victory is priced at around 5/4 with Burnley priced at 9/4 and a draw at 12/5.

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MORE SIGNINGS NEEDED

Birmingham city manager Lee Clark has said that he would like to make another signing in the week in order to complete the squad - idealy a Wayne Rooney type striker. Birmingham city are looking to get promotion into the Premier league despite their ongoing financial troubles.

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CLARK RULES OUT TRANSFERS

Birmingham city manager Lee Clark has said that he does not expect to see any departures from the club in the summer. There have been rumours that the financial situation of the club means that Birmingham will have to sell a number of high profile players like Curtis Davies after failing to secure promotion last season.

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LONG TERM VISION

Birmingham city have said that manager Chris Hughton is set for a long-term vision at the club and will not be joining other clubs or entertaining their interest. West Brom have been linked with a move for the Birmingham city manager, who has done a quite remarkable job at the St Andrews.