West Ham & Birmingham Preview: Relegation Six Pointer



West Ham v Birmingham

West Ham v Birmingham

Todays lunchtine kick off sees West Ham welcome Birmingham to Upton Park, with both teams battling to stay in the Premier League.

In the aftermath of Wolves beating Manchester United, today’s clash between West Ham and Birmingham, is a must win for both teams, with the shock result and Molineaux yesterday putting extra pressure to get a result today.

The two teams are separated by goal difference, however Birmingham have played two games extra then West Ham, and could see them climb into the top half of the table if they were to win both games.

Birmingham dramatically defeated West Ham in the Carling Cup semi final to book a date at Wembley against Arsenal, and Avram Grant’s men will be looking for revenge today.

West Ham have been boosted by the singing of Robbie Keane, who scored in their midweek victory over Blackpool to give them a much needed moral boost.

Birmingham City manager Alex Mcleish has come under pressure as of late following a poor run of results, which has seen his side drop into the relegation zone.

Mcleish will give late fitness checks to midfielder Barry Ferguson, striker Carlos Jerome, and defender Roger Johnson before the game.

Should Roger Johnson not be able to play, Mcleish could give a debut to on loan defernder Curtis Davies from Aston Villa.

Robbie Keane is expected to continue in an unchanged side for West Ham, while Demba Ba is expected to make his debut for the Hammers today.

Kick off is at 13:30

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