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    Stale Birmingham City Plod Towards Relegation - And They Won't be Missed.

    Probably the best thing about English football these days is that you have to be positive to survive in the top league.

    So Birmingham City, their 8 foot tall forward and their negative, egregiously ginger manager and tacky HK owner really won't be any loss.

    Then there's that gobshyte Steve McManaman. How annoying is he these days?

    Blackburn Rovers and Stoke City have been stitched up. The least entertaining team in the Premier League is Birmingham City. What is more, they will probably be relegated. None shall mourn their passing. The memory of several other aspects of their game, however, may continue to cause sobbing.
    Birmingham can pass the ball in basically competent fashion, albeit mostly in front of the opposition, and they retain a certain defensive sturdiness which is padded out by a fine goalkeeper, who occasionally enables his team to scrape improbable victories such as the one over Chelsea. Beyond these qualities Birmingham offer nothing. They have little creativity and no cutting edge. They have no pace. They do not even have the power of Blackburn and Stoke, nor the dynamism of Wolves, who inflicted an emphatic 1-0 defeat on them in their last outing. And Alex McLeish can do little about these shortcomings, since he has been told that there is no money for purchases in January.
    Birmingham need at least one effective striker. Nikola Zigic has been a flop so far, lacking the strength, nous and, despite his huge height, the aerial prowess to be a dangerous target man. Cameron Jerome lumbers around diligently but does not have the class regularly to trouble even middling Premier League defences. Kevin Phillips is on the wane.
    Birmingham's next match is away to Everton. At St Andrews in October Everton won 2-0 and the home side could not muster a shot on target. That has been symptomatic of their season: they have managed fewer shots on target (and off target) than any other team in the league. That is only partially the fault of the blunt strike force. It is also because of the poverty of the play behind them.
    Barry Ferguson remains influential, but he rarely penetrates. Lee Bowyer, too, looks to be in decline. Birmingham's principal supplier to the forwards has been the inconsistent Sebastian Larsson, who can deliver a mean set piece. Defend the Swede's corners and free-kicks and you have nullified Birmingham. And you don't have to defend them regularly: Birmingham have won fewer corners than any team in the league.
    When Larsson's deliveries fail to arrive, Birmingham's fall-back option tends to be to launch long balls towards Zigic, irrespective of the fact that the Serb seldom makes meaningful use of them. That is not something Birmingham did when Christian Benítez was up front, which is not to say that McLeish should have kept the Ecuadorian, who, for all his admirable energy and trickery, was infuriatingly wasteful.
    McLeish has been unlucky with injuries. Alexander Hleb was a worthy acquisition and would probably have brought some unpredictability, but he has featured only fleetingly. Injury and loss of form have also afflicted James McFadden, who was once the team's chief conjurer. Craig Gardner has brought much-needed vim – plus shooting of rare ferocity – to midfield when he has been able to play, but that has not been often enough.
    In the absence of these players, and with Jean Beausejour yet to make an impact, the Blues have plodded. This is also backed up by Opta statistics: Birmingham have completed fewer dribbles and through-balls than any other team in the league, and have the lowest tackle success rate.
    There is a staleness about Birmingham. Without the injection of a lot of new blood, it is hard to see how they can finish above at least three teams.
    Stale Birmingham plod towards relegation

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    Birmingham defenders are a good value in fantasy football. that usually means that watching a match would be torture so heinous that the viewer would confess to just about any crime. i bet they used boring football at Abu Graib. fortunately i've not caught a match of theirs this season.
    Imodium can't stop me.

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    You haven't been missing much. West Ham, Wolves, Wigan, Blackburn and Fulham aren't much better. There's going to be a massive relegation battle at the end of the season. Stay up Blackpool!

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    And bollocks to fantasy fucking football.

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    Especially if any more games are postponed this week. I've been shafted 2 weeks in a row...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    And bollocks to fantasy fucking football.
    It might be different if you were any good at it

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwiling View Post
    It might be different if you were any good at it
    wasn't gonna say it :p

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    Having never bothered, I wouldn't know.

    But there does seem to be a roughly inversely proportional relationship between knowing what you're talking about and dribbling on about that nonsense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    But there does seem to be a roughly inversely proportional relationship between knowing what you're talking about and dribbling on about that nonsense.
    don't mistake correlation for causation.

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    Fair enough.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Pants View Post
    There's going to be a massive relegation battle at the end of the season.
    True...and the depth of the squads will make the difference

    ---------- Post added at 03:40 ---------- Previous post was at 03:36 ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    Having never bothered, I wouldn't know.
    "Don't criticise what you don't understand" Bob Dylan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    But there does seem to be a roughly inversely proportional relationship between knowing what you're talking about and dribbling on about that nonsense.
    From what I know the successful managers in Fantasy actually send a lot of time watching games...otherwise it is a bit of a lottery

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyrille View Post
    Stale Birmingham plod towards relegation
    All the teams from 8 down are within 6 points of the drop...and the OP is a West Brom fan..and the journo definitely isn't a Birmingham City fan...Paddy Power have a different opinion...

    West Ham
    Wigan
    Blackpool

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