Birmingham City vs Brentford
Wednesday 1 November
St Andrew's, 7.45pm
Sky Bet Championship
Despite being just 14 games into the season, Blues are already onto their third manager of the campaign and go into tonight's game just a place and two points above the Sky Bet Championship drop zone.
Having saved them from relegation at the end of last season, Harry Redknapp was given a blank chequebook over the summer, bringing in eight players permanently, including the Brentford trio of Maxime Colin, Harlee Dean, and Jota, and six on loan.
Those new faces struggled in the early part of the season and a run of seven defeats in ten to begin the campaign saw Redknapp depart midway through September with the club firmly in the bottom three. Following a three-game spell in charge for former Bees Interim Head Coach Lee Carsley, Steve Cotterill was appointed at the end of September and has led Blues out of the drop zone, taking four points from his three games in charge.
Blues were dealt a major blow during Sunday's second city derby draw against Aston Villa with striker Isaac Vassell suffering a ruptured knee ligament. Cotterill will also be without goalkeeper David Stockdale and defender Carl Jenkinson for tonight's game.
Steve Cotterill entered management with Sligo Rovers in the mid-1990s following a ten-year career as a striker in the non-league and lower leagues. He returned to England in 1997 to take charge of Cheltenham Town with whom he enjoyed a successful five-year spell, leading them into the Football League in 1999 and then into Division Two three years later.
An abortive tenure at Stoke City followed, with later spells as manager at Burnley, Notts County, Portsmouth and Nottingham Forest, before arriving at Bristol City in December 2013. His first full-season at Ashton Gate saw him do the lower league double of League One title, which they won with a club record 99 points, and EFL Trophy. The Championship proved a tougher nut to crack and he was sacked in January 2016 with The Robins struggling before joining Harry Redknapp's coaching staff at St Andrew's this April.
There will be Pay on the Day tonight, cash only, from the turnstiles:
iFollow Brentford will be live from 7.15pm tonight with Mark Burridge hosting Matchday Live alongside Mick Cabble.