However, the Robins travel to St Andrew's in search of their second consecutive away win as they try to move away from the relegation battle.
Birmingham will hope to mount a serious challenge for promotion to the Premier League, or at least a playoff place, after finishing last season as one of the form teams in the second tier.
City also took 13 points from their final six games last season, but could only finish 10th, 15 points behind Ipswich Town in the final playoff place.
Integral to Birmingham's quest for a place in the top flight this term is their ability to retain the services of Demarai Gray, despite rumoured interest from Leicester City.
Meanwhile, City remain one of four teams in the Championship with an unbeaten record after beating MK Dons last time out.
Recent form: WWWDDW
Recent form (all competitions): WWDDWW
Perhaps some Bristol City fans will have expected a relegation struggle, an expectation that may have been strengthened by their start to the season.
However, Cotterill appears to have loftier ambitions for the South-West club, calling for a "sexy" brand of football at Ashton Gate to attract talent.
City tried to lure Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace before the end of the season, but the young forward rejected a move to Bristol as he reportedly wanted to remain in the top flight.
However, their deal to bring Ryan Fredericks from Tottenham Hotspur failed to work out, with the wing-back returning to London for "personal reasons".
The Cider Army did lose on their last outing at home to Burnley, but the Avon outfit will hope that the result against the Clarets is a mere blip rather than a return to struggles.
Recent form: WLLDWL
Recent form (all competitions): LLLDWL
Should Rowett continue with the same team, Demarai Gray is expected to partner Clayton Donaldson in attack for the Blues.
Meanwhile, Cotterill's main selection headache will be whether he keeps faith with captain Aaron Wilbraham and Jonathan Kodija in attack or turn to someone like Kieran Agard, who was on the bench against Burnley.
The City boss also has the likes of Wes Burns and Scott Wagstaff as possible options, should he decide to change.
Birmingham City possible starting lineup:
Kuzczak; Caddis, Spector, Morrison, Grounds; Gleeson, Kieftenbeld, Cotterill, Toral, Gray; Donaldson
Bristol City possible starting lineup:
Hamer, Little, Ayling, Flint, Williams; Bryan, Smith, Pack, Reid; Wilbraham, Kodjia
Head To Head
The Cider Army are looking for second straight win on the road, but they will also need to overturn a dreadful recent record against the Blues, having lost seven of their last nine encounters with the West Midlands outfit.
Bristol City's last win over the West Midlands side came back in November 1993 when the sides met in the former Division One.
The last time the teams faced each other saw Birmingham come out on top, thanks to a goal from one Wade Elliott, who went on to play for the Robins.
We say: Birmingham 2-1 Bristol City
Birmingham's form both home and away has been solid, but the Robins' relative resurgence could make this a tough test for the Blues. Nevertheless, this might prove to be a bridge too far for Cotterill's side and we have plumped for a narrow home win.