Leeds v Birmingham - Saturday 3pm
The summer transfer window has been a frustrating one for Gary Rowett, who has spent most of this week involved in protracted negotiations for Che Adams and Greg Stewart as he looks to add more goals to the team. As if to emphasise the importance, Birmingham slipped out of the EFL Cup with a 1-0 extra-time home defeat to Oxford in midweek.
But a trip to Leeds provides an opportunity for Blues to perform their favourite party trick: sit back, soak up pressure and wait for the home team to overcommit. It worked a treat at Elland Road last September, when they ran out 2-0 winners, which was one six Birmingham win-to-nil victories on the road.
Leeds were also taken the distance in midweek, needing penalties to squeeze past Fleetwood, on the back of an abject display and a 3-0 defeat at QPR on the opening weekend. It's clear that Garry Monk has plenty of work to do and this is nothing like a team in his image just yet.
The Whites made little attempt to create space when in possession at Loftus Road last weekend and it's questionable whether a week is long enough to make all the relevant adjustment to become a potent attacking threat. No fewer than 13 of Birmingham's last 16 wins have been accompanied by a clean sheet.