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Birmingham visit Eastlands in the last game of the weekend on Sunday and they will be eager to try and halt City’s charge towards the Champions League.

The Midlands outfit lie in 9th place in the Premier League in their first season back in the top flight but have not won a game since beating Portsmouth 2-1 at Fratton Park at the beginning of March.

That was only their third win of the year, their other two wins coming at home to Wigan and Wolves. At home, Birmingham have held City, United, Arsenal, Spurs, Liverpool and Chelsea but away from St Andrews, they have lost at all of those with Liverpool being the only exception.

They have lost their last two games away from home at Sunderland (3-1) and Blackburn (2-1) but have still managed five away wins this season while losing nine on their travels.

Manager – Alex McLeish 

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The former Scotland manager has been in charge at St Andrews since November 2007 but was unable to save Birmingham from relegation. However, McLeish guided Birmingham to promotion at the first attempt, winning 2-1 at fellow promotion hopefuls Reading on the final day of the 2008/09 season

Ground – St Andrews

After outgrowing their Muntz Street ground, Birmingham moved to their new stadium in 1906. Its current capacity is 30,079

 Birmingham Facts

Birmingham City started life as Small Heath in 1875 and changed to Birmingham in 1905. It wasn’t until 1943 that they became known as Birmingham City.

Birmingham have four second division championship titles, but never a top flight one.

They have been FA Cup finalists twice, losing both. The last one in 1956 which ended 3-1 to City. Thanks Bert.

They have also been twice finalists in the League cup, winning it in 1963 and finishing runners up to Liverpool in 2001.

Karren Brady was the first female to hold a managing director position in top flight football with Birmingham in 2002

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