It's an uncomfortable feeling, but if we are honest, Birmingham have to be the favourites to win through in the playoffs. Their form since the beginning of December has been better than ours and they seem to have the Indian Sign on us. We have failed to beat them in two games this season - and we were lucky to claw back to 3-3 at the Boleyn - and last season they dumped us out of the League Cup and began our final death spiral to relegation with the victory at Upton Park.
We should avoid them in the semifinal, thank God, but in the event of the semifinals going to form - or according to league places at least - Birmingham would arrive at Wembley with very happy memories of their last appearance there and confident about coming out on top against ourselves. Meanwhile, all the pressure of expectation will be on West Ham. It looks set up for Zigic to be honest.
So I will be cheering on Birmingham's opponents in the semifinal, whoever that may be, desperate for the Blues to be dumped out on their arses. Ideal opponents in the Final, should we get there? It has to be Blackpool surely, even with Royal Holloway in charge! But then again, maybe we want them over two legs! God I feel sick with tension already!