Luton Town vs Birmingham City: John Eustace era starts with a hard-won draw
Birmingham City kick-off their Championship campaign at Luton Town this afternoon with the doom-mongers predicting this will be the season when their constant flirtations with League One finally cost them.
Thankfully all those doom-mongers exist outside a small first team squad that has been pulled together by new head coach John Eustace, galvanised by a siege mentality and charged with defying whatever odds are being laid against them.
Blues arrive at Kenilworth Road with four new faces, John Ruddy as the one permanent signing and loanees Przemyslaw Placheta, Auston Trusty and Dion Sanderson in their ranks. As long as Sanderson recovers from the ankle kick received against Rayo Vallecano a week ago, all four could feature this afternoon.
As for Luton, Nathan Jones – still vexed by last season’s two defeats, an 8-0 aggregate scoreline and the odd tennis ball-chasing steward – has already hinted his team will be very similar to the one which drew with West Ham United last weekend.
We’ll have all the team news as it breaks at 2pm so stay tuned.