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Birmingham City vs Wycombe Wanderers
Wednesday 4th November 2020, k.o. 7.45pm BST
Sky Bet Championship
Momentum can play a big part in football and after the eight-game wait for a win was ended with Wanderers' 1-0 triumph over Sheffield Wednesday at the weekend, the Chairboys head to the Midlands tonight seeking back-to-back victories to extend the growing feelgood factor around the club.
Performances have been continually improving as Wycombe prove they've found their feet at Championship level, and they had to overcome the bump in the road of manager Gareth Ainsworth being hospital-bound due to a major back problem late last week.
He'll be watching from home on iFollow as he steps up his recovery and placing his full trust again in assistant boss Richard Dobson, who goes up against former Real Madrid defender and ex-Middlesbrough and Nottm Forest chief Aitor Karanka in the dugout.
Birmingham have won their last two after enduring a six-game winless streak since surprising Brentford on the opening day, and have been grateful to late winners against Huddersfield and Preston which have moved them into the top half of the table.
Last Time Out
Here are the highlights from Wanderers' 1-0 win over Wednesday:
Meanwhile, Birmingham overcame Preston at the weekend:
Blues have no fresh injury worries with Ryan Tafazolli returning to the squad at the weekend. Dominic Gape and Jason McCarthy's return to the squad is imminent, though new signing Garath McCleary may need time to reach match sharpness having been without a club since the summer.
Jake Clarke-Salter, Zach Jeacock and Josh McEachran are missing for the hosts, but boss Karanka will hope that another injury victim - Adam Clayton - is fine.
Wanderers will be in their red and white quarters for the first time.
Man in the Middle
Josh Smith has shown 26 yellow cards and one red in his eight games so far this season, and takes charge of a Wycombe fixture for the first time since overseeing the 1-0 loss to Stevenage in last year's EFL Trophy.
How to Watch
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