Preview: Birmingham City vs. Charlton Athletic

Preview: Birmingham vs. Charlton
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Birmingham City and Charlton Athletic.

Two of the Championship's struggling sides meet at St Andrew's on Saturday when Birmingham City host Charlton Athletic.

Birmingham have not won in their last three league matches and were held to a draw by Derby County last Saturday.

Lee Clark's side come into the match off the back of their League Cup exit at the hands of Stoke City in midweek.

Charlton, who sit one place above the hosts in 19th, are unbeaten in their last four matches. Chris Powell's men have drawn three of those games, including last weekend's trip to Wigan Athletic.

Clark will be forced to make changes to the side following Wade Elliott's red card against Stoke. Peter Lovenkrands could replace him, while Nikola Zigic is expected retain his place as the lone striker.

Charlton boss Powell has no fresh injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game. Yann Kermorgant is expected to start in attack for the second game running, with Marvin Sordell on the bench.

Recent form

Birmingham: WLWLLD

Charlton: LLDDWD

Possible starting lineups

Birmingham: Randolph; Caddis, Burn, Robinson, Murphy; Reilly, Burke, Shinnie, Ferguson, Lovenkrands; Zigic

Charlton: Hamer; Wilson, Morrison, Wood, Wiggins; Pritchard, Stephens, Cousins, Stewart; Church, Kermorgant

Sports Mole says: 0-0

Charlton manager Chris Powell watches his team against Inverness during a pre-season friendly on July 27, 2013
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