Before tonight's West Midlands derby match in the Sky Bet Championship, Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion both confirmed their starting lineups and replacements. There will undoubtedly be passionate exchanges on the field, but the media will focus a lot on the Blues supporters' demonstrations outside the stadium prior to kickoff, where they have gathered in protest of the club's continuing ownership problem. It appears like Birmingham manager John Eustace has opted to switch back to a back four for the actual game, probably in response to West Brom's growing offensive threat. When the two teams last squared off, the Blues triumphed 3-2 at The Hawthorns in September, the Baggies were a completely different team. Albion, though, has continued to use the 4-2-3-1 configuration.Marc Albrighton, a recent acquisition, is a threat on the right side, as we have seen a lot of lately. Carlos Corberan is relying on American striker Daryl Dike to lead the charge.
Starting lineups for Birmingham City vs. West Brom and substitutions
Birmingham City: Ruddy (GK); Colin, Sanderson, Long, Trusty; Bielik, Hannibal, Chong, Bacuna; Jutkiewicz, Hogan; are the members of Birmingham City's starting lineups.
Birmingham City Substitutes : Etheridge (GK), Friend, Dean, James, Gardner, Hall, and Deeney.
West Broom: Button (GK); Furlong, O'Shea, Pieters, Townsend; Molumby, Yokuslu; Wallace, Albrighton, Diangana; and Dike
West Brom Substitutes: against Birmingham City: Chalobah, Ajayi, Grant, Swift, Thomas-Asante, and Griffiths (goaltender).
Birmingham City Vs West Brom: Starting Lineups Confirmed For Heated Championship
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