Jan 25, 2014 at 3pm UK at ‚ÄčSt Andrew's
BirminghamBirmingham City
1-2
SwanseaSwansea City
Novak (15')
Lee (31'), Robinson (37')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Bony (67', 69')

Preview: Birmingham City vs. Swansea City

Preview: Birmingham vs. Swansea
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Sports Mole previews the FA Cup fourth-round clash between two of the last three League Cup winners as Birmingham City welcome Swansea City to St Andrew's.

Two sides that have lifted cup silverware in recent seasons meet at St Andrew's on Saturday as Birmingham City entertain Swansea City.

The hosting Blues shocked Arsenal in the final of the 2011 Capital One Cup, a competition which Michael Laudrup's side won last season.

If they are to return to Wembley this term, the Swans must overcome a growing injury list that includes talisman Michu, Jonjo Shelvey, Jonathan de Guzman, Nathan Dyer and Jose Canas.

Roland Lamah and Pablo Hernandez are in contention to start in the Midlands after recovering from hamstring strains, while Michel Vorm could be recalled in goal after missing six weeks because of knee surgery. Neil Taylor may get a run out in defence if first-choice left-back Ben Davies is rested.

Chico Flores is available to Laudrup despite police being called to the Swans' training ground to defuse a row between him and teammate Garry Monk. No disciplinary action has been taken as yet.

A 2-1 victory over Manchester United in the third round was Swansea's only win in their last 10 matches in all competitions, but Lee Clark's Birmingham side have been in contrasting form.

Before falling to consecutive Championship losses, the Blues had gone 10 games without defeat and the likes of Andrew Shinnie and Wade Elliott could be recalled in midfield to help their team discover the winning touch.

Brian Howard, who joined on a free transfer from Bulgarian side Levski Sofia last week, is among the players who could make way while Colin Doyle may be restored in goal in place of Darren Randolph.

Recent form

Birmingham: LWLDWD

Swansea: LLWLDL

Possible starting lineups

Birmingham: Coyle; Robinson, Hancox, Caddis, Mullins; Shinnie, Elliott, Lee, Burke; Novak; Zigic

Swansea: Vorm, Tiendalli, Chico, Williams, Taylor; Amat, Britton; Lamah, Pozuelo, Routledge; Bony

Sports Mole says: 1-1

Michael Laudrup manager of Swansea City motivates his team during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City at St Mary's Stadium on October 6, 2013
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