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Southampton will be looking to continue their excellent return to the Championship this weekend when they host Birmingham City on Sunday afternoon.

Considering the Saints are 2nd in the table as things stand and Birmingham are down in 12th, it is difficult to imagine that these two teams were two divisions apart only a few months ago.

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Nigel Adkins’s Southampton side have started superbly though, taking to the second tier of English football incredibly well after their overdue promotion from League One.

They have picked up 15 points from their opening six games, with only fellow Championship new-boys Brighton starting the season in better form.

The Saints defeated Nottingham Forest last weekend to maintain their 100% winning start on home soil and there is no doubt that they will be favourites against Birmingham side that lost in Europe in midweek.

Chris Hughton’s men fielded a weakened side against SC Braga on Thursday, so they will hope to have several fresh players returning to the team for the trip to St Marys.

As for the way they have started the season, well it has been a rather mixed bag. They have won both home games so far, but have lost twice on the road already including a disappointing 2-1 reverse at Derby County on the opening day.

They will still have promotion ambitions though, make no mistake about it. Victory at St Marys on Sunday will see them climb to within five points of their hosts.

Looking at the team news, Southampton are waiting on the fitness of defenders Frazer Richardson and Dan Harding, while Birmingham will leave it until the last possible moment before deciding whether to select Marlon King who made his full debut on Thursday evening.

The former Watford man has had a knee problem of late and two games in four days might prove too much too soon for him.

Overall, this should be a fascinating encounter and one which could go either way with plenty of talented players across both teams.



Tommy graduated from Sheffield University in 2009 with a Journalism degree and has worked in various professional industry posts including the football print media.