Stat Pack: Birmingham

by Oscar Chamberlain

Full name: Birmingham City
1875 (as Small Heath Alliance)
St Andrew’s
Manager: Lee Clark
21st in the Championship


What the stats say…

- Birmingham’s last defeat to Sunderland at home came in an FA Cup replay in February 2004.

- Since that defeat the Blues have won three and drawn two against the Black Cats.

- The only previous League Cup tie between the two sides came in the third round in 2009-10, with Sunderland securing a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

- Birmingham have been eliminated just once in their last 11 League Cup games at home, losing to Stoke City on penalties last season in the fourth round.

- Sunderland have made it through to the third round on five occasions in the past six seasons, losing to Brighton & Hove Albion in the second round in 2011.

- Last time the two sides met the Blues secured a 2-0 win, with Sebastian Larsson and Craig Gardner scoring the goals.

Team news


- Billy Jones could make his competitive debut after being named on bench for Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United.

- Adam Johnson remains doubtful after missing Sunday’s match, while Gus Poyet will wait on the fitness of Emanuele Giaccherini.

Birmingham City

- Matt Green (knee), Gavin Gunning (knee) and Andrew Shinnie (back) are all unavailable due to injury.

The man in the middle…

Darren Bond will take charge of Wednesday’s match at St Andrew’s.

The referee is now in his third season as a Football League official, taking charge of 53 games in the past two years.

He took charge of the Capital One Cup first round tie between Carlisle United and Derby County earlier this season, which the Rams won 2-0.

On Saturday he was the man in the middle as Oxford United lost 1-0 at home to Portsmouth in League Two. 

Last meeting…

Birmingham City 2-0 Sunderland

Birmingham City secured a comfortable 2-0 win over Sunderland at St Andrew’s to ease their relegation fears.

Sebastian Larsson opened the scoring moments before the break, taking advantage of a defensive mix-up between Simon Mignolet and Phil Bardsley.

Stephane Sessegnon came closest for the Black Cats but his shot was cleared off the line, before Jordan Henderson and Bardsley both spurned opportunities.

Craig Gardner sealed the win with 66 minutes played, driving the ball low into the net from 20 yards.

Sunderland: Mignolet, Bardsley, Turner, Onuoha, Cattermole, Henderson, Colback (Malbranque, 76), Elmohamady, Sessegnon, Welbeck (R Noble, 70), Gyan.
Subs not used: 
Gordon, Zenden, Riveros, Meyler, Lynch.

Birmingham City: Foster, Carr, Ridgewell, Parnaby, Bowyer, Larsson (Fahey, 88), Gardner, Ferguson, Phillips (Hleb, 63), Jerome (Derbyshire, 90).
Subs not used: 
Doyle, Davies, Bentley, Mutch.

Form guide (last six meetings)

16 April 2011 – Birmingham City 2-0 Sunderland
14 August 2010 – Sunderland 2-2 Birmingham City
20 March 2010 – Sunderland 3-1 Birmingham City
24 October 2009 - Birmingham City 2-1 Sunderland
22 September 2009 – Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham City
29 January 2008 – Sunderland 2-0 Birmingham City

Overall record

W 52 D 23 L 41

Elsewhere in the Capital One Cup…

(7.45pm unless stated)

Aston Villa v Leyton Orient
Bradford City v Leeds United
Burton Albion v QPR
Stoke City v Portsmouth