2018-19 Championship preview: Birmingham City

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall's 23 opponents ahead of the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball casts an eye over Birmingham City.

Name: Birmingham City

Nickname: Blues

Manager: Garry Monk

Stadium: St Andrews (30,015]

Postcode: B9 4RL

Club website: www.bcfc.com

Nearest train station: Bordesley

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 12/1

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Birmingham City 0-1 Millwall (Onyedinma, 77'); February 17, 2018

Last season: 19th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 38

Goals against: 68

Top league goal scorer: Sam Gallagher (6)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: Kristian Pedersen [£2.5 million from Union Berlin]; Diego Fabbrini; Nicolai Brock-Madsen [both returning from loan spells]

Outs: Jason Lowe; Jack Storer; Andrew Shinnie; Robert Tesche [all free transfers]; Cheick Keita [loan]; Paul Robinson [retired]

Birmingham experienced a wholly disappointing 2017-18 season, leading first to the sacking of ex-Spurs boss Harry Redknapp, with Steve Cotterrill following him through the exit door later in the campaign. Garry Monk was brought in to keep the Blues up, doing so with relative ease.

This season, former Swansea man Monk will look to make his own mark on the squad and get them playing his brand of football – a calm, passing game – but that has been made harder by the implementation of a transfer embargo, currently stopping any incoming activity due to overspending last season.

The Blues are in the process of appealing the embargo, but this could take time, restricting activity and potentially allowing rivals to snatch targets from their sights, meaning it may be another season of disappointment at St Andrews.

Prediction: Mid-table

Whilst the transfer activity thus far has been minimal, Birmingham finished lower than their potential last season, which seemed to be shown by the way that the side played under Monk at the end of 2017-18. Not being able to bring anyone else in will make a play-off push very difficult, but a season of mid-table solidity is very much on the cards.

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