Birmingham City host Plymouth Argyle at St Andrews this Saturday in game week four of the Championship. The Blues have had an undefeated start to their season and will be looking to continue that run, while Plymouth Argyle have had a positive start to their Championship season for one of the new boys to the league.
Birmingham currently sit fourth in the Championship with two wins and a draw to their name so far. This leaves The Blues on seven points and a goal difference of three, the same as Norwich above them. Despite having only conceded once this season, Birmingham have only scored four times.
A trip to Swansea was the opening game for Birmingham this season. Siriki Dembele scored The Blues’ first goal of the campaign just before halftime. However, Jerry Yates scored late on for Swansea leaving both teams with a point and a 1 - 1 draw. Birmingham’s first win of the season came against Premier League relegated Leeds. The game was low for shots on target as Leeds could only manage one and The Blues could only manage two. Daniel James fouled Ethan Laird in the box and Lukas Jutkiewicz converted the penalty to secure the 1 - 0 win.
A trip to Bristol City was next with The Blues grabbing a 2 - 0 win over ten man City, Koji Miyoshi and Jutkiewicz were the goal scorers as Robert Dickie was shown two yellows and was dismissed, ensuring an unbeaten start for Birmingham.
Plymouth Argyle sit 11th in the Championship after four games. One win, one draw and one loss leaves them with four points on the board. There are six teams with four points and Argyle find themselves middle of the pack with a goal difference of one.
Argyle opened their Championship season at home to Huddersfield. Morgan Whittaker, Bali Mumba and Ryan Hardie all scored in the 3 - 1 win over The Terriers whose Michal Helik’s goal wasn’t enough to mount a proper comeback. Next was Plymouth Argyle’s first away day against Watford. Though The Hornets had 21 shots, just three of those were on target in comparison to Argyle’s five shots on target from 13 shots. The teams played out a goalless draw for a point each.
Plymouth Argyle’s most recent outing came against one of the favourites for promotion, Southampton. The Saints dominated with 62% of the possession and nine shots on target. Nathan Tella opened the scoring early in the second half with Ryan Hardie responding within two minutes. However, Che Adams grabbed all three points for Southampton with his winner in the 94th minute.
Birmingham have played Plymouth Argyle 41 times in their histories, the first coming all the way back in 1946. The Blues definitely have the advantage in the fixture with 22 wins in comparison to Argyle’s nine wins. There have also been ten draws in this fixture, with the last draw coming back in 2009.