West Ham United
- Striker Ilan is hoping to start after scoring on his debut at the weekend.
- Kieron Dyer is back in contention after hamstring trouble.
- The Hammers have lost only two of their last 13 games to Birmingham.
- Daniel Gabbidon is still struggling with a hamstring problem.
- Zavon Hines is still doubtful with a knee injury.
- West Ham are without a win in six games.
- Kevin Phillips is in contention to start after scoring twice as a substitute against Wolves on Sunday.
- Birmingham have lost just one of their last 18 games.
- The Blues’ win against West Ham in December was the first time they have beaten them in six attempts.
- Lee Bowyer scored the only goal when the two teams met earlier in the season.
- Striker Christian Benitez is doubtful with an ankle injury.
- Defender Stuart Parnaby is still sidelined by a back problem.
- Midfielder Lee Carsley will be out for another fortnight with ankle ligament damage.
- Striker Garry O’Connor is out for at least another month after complications arising from groin surgery.