Birmingham City will host Blackburn Rovers at St. Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon as both clubs look to make a return to winning ways.
Garry Monk was on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat to Bolton Wanderers in their last Championship outing, whilst Tony Mowbray’s side are on a run of four consecutive defeats in England’s second tier.
The two sides last met in their 2-2 draw back in December when Birmingham managed to come from 2-0 down inside the last ten minutes with two quick-fire goals.
Looking at the league table, both clubs are relatively evenly matched and the game promises to be a tight encounter, which could see the likes of Che Adams and Bradley Dack needing to make a significant contribution.
However, which player is better in this battle between the two upcoming opponents?
Adams has been winning the plaudits with his performances this season, which has not gone unnoticed by a number of top-flight clubs in Britain taking an interest, with TeamTALK claiming Tottenham Hotspur and Celtic are amongst those interested.
The 22-year-old has been in sensational form in front of goal for Monk’s side, having hit 19 goals in his 32 appearances, making him fourth in the Championship’s goalscoring charts.
He has bundles of pace and acceleration as well, making him a really dangerous prospect for some of the defences in the second tier and could look to cause Blackburn a handful of problems on Saturday, having scored the late equaliser in the 2-2 draw between the two sides in their previous meeting.
It is no surprise that Birmingham were so keen to keep him at St Andrew’s beyond the winter transfer window, with Southampton and Burnley thought to have been working hard to land him, per Sky Sports.
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Dack had been a hugely influential figure at Ewood Park in the early stages of this season, which led to the likes of Tottenham being rumoured with trying to sign him as well, per The Express.
However, he has since seen his own form slow down a little after he started with an excellent record of eight goals in his first 16 Championship appearances, he has since just hit three more in his next 14 games.
There is no doubt that Dack is a key part of Mowbray’s plans at Blackburn, however, questions may be raised about his recent performances as they look to continue their unlikely charge for playoff football.
The Lancashire outfit would love to have the 25-year-old’s consistency back once again and will be hoping he can find the back of the net when they head to the Midlands on Saturday.
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Both players have played key roles for their respective clubs this season, however, Adams wins this battle with relative ease.
The forward has been in electric form for Birmingham this season and it is no surprise that a number of ‘elite’ clubs have taken an interest in signing him in the summer.
Whether either man plays a key role in the game on Saturday remains to be seen, however, based on current form, Adams is likely to have a more significant impact.
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