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Preview: Blues v Sheffield Wednesday

We want to go into the Sheffield game on Saturday with a view to picking up three points and do it the way that we want. We know it is going to be very difficult because no-one is going to give you the points.

Pep Clotet.

Our full match preview ahead of Saturday's Sky Bet Championship between Blues and Sheffield Wednesday at the St. Andrew's Trillion Trophy Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Pep Clotet on how the mood amongst his squad has been this week...
"Everyone is very focused, the same focus as when we had a bad run at Christmas, focused on our job, showing the best side of ourselves, thinking and believing we can go the extra mile to fight for the three points. It is much nicer when you are getting the results of all the hard work. The mentality on getting better and working and fighting for the football club has always been there and I am happy now that possibly we have some reward for our fans. It’s been a very positive week and we hope that we can put in the same on Saturday."

Pep Clotet on how he keeps his players motivated in their current mid-table league position...
"With the simplest of things. The world could finish on Sunday, so let’s win on Saturday. It’s a one game at a time mentality. I tell you something, I heard that all my life, that’s a core philosophy of one team in Spain, Atletico Madrid for example. When they implement that philosophy, what this team managed to produce in results is massive. One game at a time reduces the pressure on the players. It takes your focus away from anything that is up in the air, all this talk that is nonsense in the game. The only thing valid is that you have a game on Saturday, you need to be better than the opposition and you need to win the points. All the other doesn’t exist, it’s talk, it needs to be there so journalists and fans can talk about it. The only thing that matters for us as professionals is what happens on Saturday. And what happens on Saturday has no direct effect on the next games."

Pep Clotet on how the focus on Saturday is all about the three points and nothing else...
"Yes, nothing more, nothing else matters. We want to go into the Sheffield game on Saturday with a view to picking up three points and do it the way that we want. We know it is going to be very difficult because no-one is going to give you the points. We know they are a side that will put a shift in, that has the experience of two play-offs, was tipped for automatic promotion – when we were tipped to be relegated. And they are a side that has the talent, they can always create problems. The fact they are not in a good moment means nothing for 90 minutes, we know it is going to be very difficult. But we have a lot of trust in ourselves and we love to play the game our way and make things difficult for them."

Pep Clotet asked if he will offer his hand to former Blues boss Garry Monk...
"Yes, I will act normally like any other game, like any other manager. I say exactly the same as I did in the first one (the away game at Hillsborough in November). For me I am representing Birmingham City and I will do it with dignity, with respect to whoever. After 20 years in this business I am not up for things anymore. It’s about manners, respect the club with dignity, act accordingly it’s more important than anything else in my opinion."

Pep Clotet asked what sort of reception Garry Monk will receive from the Blues supporters on his return to St. Andrew's...
"I don’t know really because I don’t know how the fans will react. What I hope is that the fans back our team 100 per cent from the beginning. Because what I saw on Saturday, a few moments in the game when we are together as one, we are a different animal at St. Andrew’s. That’s what I want to see, I really would like to ask our fans to get behind the team from the beginning and make the opposition feel this is a tough place to come and visit. Especially a team like that which has individuals who can win them the game."

Sheffield Wednesday boss Garry Monk's comments ahead of the game...
"All I can say about that club (Blues) is that I loved my time there, it was brilliant. I had a fantastic relationship with everyone there, the fans and the players and have nothing but brilliant memories. It will always have a place in my heart. But my focus now is on Sheffield Wednesday and how to get a result and hopefully it will be a win at the weekend. Birmingham are favourites. Having analysed them it's clear they've gone back to that counter-attacking style of play and I know with the players they have there how dangerous they can be with that and that's obviously coincided with the good run of form they're in. It's about preparing my team and how we can try and combat that and put ourselves in a position where we can affect the game and get the result that we want."

Blues team news...
Scott Hogan (ankle) is a major doubt after limping off during last weekend's 1-1 draw against Brentford and will be assessed ahead of the game. Jacques Maghoma (thigh) and Kerim Mrabti (hamstring) remain out, as does long-term absentee Josh McEachran (ACL),

Sheffield Wednesday team news...
Striker Steven Fletcher could figure after returning to training this week following his recovery from a knee injury. Full-back Osaze Urhoghide misses the game because of suspension following his sending off against Reading last weekend. Midfielder Sam Hutchinson and goalkeeper Keiren Westwood have not been playing for Wednesday because of off the field issues. Massimo Luongo (calf), Adam Reach (toe) and Moses Odubajo (hamstring) are all out

Last five meetings between Blues and Sheffield Wednesday...
Championship 27 Nov 2019 Sheff Wed 1 Blues 1
Championship 01 Jan 2019 Sheff Wed 1 Blues 1
Championship 27 Oct 2018 Blues 3 Sheff Wed 1
Championship 03 Feb 2018 Sheff Wed 1 Blues 3
Championship 27 Sep 2017 Blues 1 Sheff Wed 0

Total meetings between Blues and Sheffield Wednesday ...
Blues wins: 38
Draws: 26
Sheff Wed wins: 24

Form guide last five league games...
Blues: DWWWD
Sheff Wed: LDDLL

Line-ups last league games...
Blues (4-4-2) v Brentford): Camp; Colin, Roberts, Clarke-Salter, Pedersen; Bela (Harding 90+1), G Gardner, Sunjic, Bellingham; Hogan (Crowley 75), Jutkiewicz.
Subs (not used): Dean, Kieftenbeld, Montero, Boyd-Munce, Trueman (GK).

Sheffield Wednesday (4-2-3-1) v Reading: Dawson, Urhoghide (S/O 48), Iorfa, Börner, Palmer, Harris, Pelupessy (Bannan 46), Lee, Da Cruz (Murphy 56), Forestieri, Nuhiu (Wickham 67),
Subs (not used): Wildsmith, Lees, Hunt, Windass.

BluesTV...
BluesTV will be streaming the match live to International Subscribers. Those in the Great Britain and Ireland can get exclusive audio commentary. Commentary will be provided by Jonathan Bell and former Blues striker Dele Adebola. Dele will also be joining Dale Moon in the studio for the pre-match show. For more details about BluesTV, click here.

Match officials...
Referee John Brooks will take charge of Saturday's game. So far this season the Leicestershire-based official has refereed 24 games, where he has produced a total of 81 yellow cards but no reds and awarded two penalties. The last Blues game he refereed was our Sky Bet Championship home fixture against Millwall in March 2019. Blues lost that match 2-0 and three players were cautioned, including Isaac Vassell for the hosts. He has refereed three Blues games in total, with Blues losing two of them and drawing the other. The last Sheffield Wednesday game he refereed was their Championship away game against Stoke City on 26 December 2019. The Owls lost that game 3-2 with Wednesday's Kadeem Harris and Barry Bannan the only players booked. He has refereed five Wednesday games to date, with The Owls winning one of them, drawing one and losing three. Mr Brooks will be assisted on Saturday by Robert Hyde and Sam Lewis with Oliver Langford acting as the fourth official.

Tickets...
Tickets for this game are on general sale. For prices and purchasing details, click here.

Supporter message...
The Club urges all supporters to be responsible in their behaviour and actions. Birmingham City knows that the overwhelming majority of our supporters do not indulge in anti-social activities and are passionate about the players and the Club. We appreciate this. We adopt a zero-tolerance stance on anti-social behaviour and spectator misconduct. This includes - amongst other things - drunkenness, throwing of missiles and use and carrying of pyrotechnics (flares, smoke bombs), racist and/or homophobic chanting. Pitch encroachment is forbidden and against the law. Please DO NOT encroach onto the pitch. Any person found to be encroaching on the pitch will automatically be served with a banning order - regardless of the circumstances. It is important that bottles, coins, flares and other items not thrown at our matches. Again, we would like to thank the overwhelming majority of supporters for their backing and their understanding.

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