Birmingham City v Bolton Wanderers

Che Adams has the chance to equal a 41-year-old club record held by Blues legend Trevor Francis if he scores for a seventh successive league game
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Birmingham City have a chance to edge nearer the Championship play-off places if they claim a third straight victory at home to struggling Bolton.

Garry Monk’s Blues, who have scored nine goals in their last three games, are expected to be unchanged following Saturday’s 4-3 thriller at QPR.

Bolton defender Mark Beevers may return after missing three matches (Achilles).

Full-back Andy Taylor will be assessed after missing Saturday’s home defeat by Preston North End.

Although sixth-placed Bristol City are also playing, if Blues win, they could move within two points of fifth-placed Middlesbrough.

Birmingham top scorer Che Adams’ hat-trick at Loftus Road on Saturday took him to eight goals in six league games – and 19 for the season.

If he scores again, for a seventh successive league game, he would equal the club record of Blues legend Trevor Francis set in the spring of 1978.

Financially-challenged Bolton, in 23rd, start the night four points adrift of safety, having picked up just two points in seven games.

Match facts

  • Since Blues dramatically escaped relegation with that injury-time Paul Caddis equaliser to make it 2-2 at Horwich in 2014, there have been just six goals scored in this fixture in seven meetings (four 1-0 wins for City, two for Bolton and last season’s goalless draw at St Andrew’s.
  • Having won 1-0 with a late Josh Magennis goal in August, Bolton are looking to complete a league double over Birmingham for the first time since 2009-10, when the two clubs were in the Premier League.
  • Since the start of the 2016-17 season, Garry Monk has enjoyed more home Championship clean sheets from his teams than any other manager (11 with Leeds United, 6 with Middlesbrough and eight for Blues.
  • Bolton have not won in their last 20 away Championship games played on a Tuesday since a 2-1 win at Doncaster Rovers in April 2014.
  • Lukas Jutkiewicz has been involved in 15 goals in his last 18 league appearances at St Andrew’s for Birmingham (nine goals, six assists).
  • Bolton have not lost seven consecutive away league matches since losing their final eight away Championship games of the 2015-16 season.