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Brum vs Reds: Preview

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We visit St Andrews Stadium to play Steve Bruce’s men today. The Birmingham players would feel confident after managing to hold Liverpool to a draw last week. If they manage to escape with points today, they would feel very good about their chances of survival this season.

Brucie’s made his team rather tough to beat, bringing in his combative qualities. They will do what many teams have been doing against us — park the bus, and stay extremely disciplined in defence.

We should, however, going by how our performance is progressively improving, beat Brum comfortably. If Saha is 400% fit then there is a chance he might start alongside Rooney. He seems pretty determined this season, though.

“Anyone who says I am not willing to play until I am 100 per cent fit is not telling the truth,” he insists. “I have never refused to play for the team, yet last season I was hearing claims about me not being psychologically committed. I now feel I am close to last year’s top form,” he adds. “I am not far away and the more minutes I gain on the pitch, the better I will play.
“My aim this year is to stay fit and show people the real Louis Saha.”

Encouraging stuff from the Frenchman. It must be noted that despite not making any start he is our leading goal scorer this season. Of course, one was a penalty. Nonetheless he’s got the desire. Let’s see if he starts.

If that doesn’t happen, we should have Tevez alongside Rooney, which isn’t too bad of an option either. Ronaldo and Giggs would play on the wings while Carrick and Scholes will be in the engine room. Speaking of which, Owen Hargreaves ‘could’ be on the bench today. I am having my doubts about that happening. Closer to the game, we’ll probably know the line up. (This preview was written much before that.)

This should be a 4-4-2, and now that most of our attacking players are back, we could see a performance with more flair and adventure. Although, being an away fixture, an element of caution is very much on the cards.

Prediction: 2-0 to United. (Rooney, Ronaldo to score)

Player to watch out for: Oliver Kapo.

Feel free to discuss away in the comments.