Bhoyed by their success of last season, where the Blues finished in 13th place with 48 points in their first season back, manager Steve Bruce has strengthened his playing hand over the summer months and Birmingham's passionate following will be expecting greater things this time around. Especially at home on day one.
"It will be a tough one," predicted the Stafford-born Anthony. "I'm looking forward to it because it will be a local one for me.
"They came up and did well last season, have a few dangerous players and have made a few signings."
The keynote capture this close-season was the securing of Christophe Dugarry on a permanent basis, recruited along with David Dunn from Blackburn and Argentinean striker Luciano Figueroa.
"It will be a great start for us if we can get a good win - with it being our first game away from home," added the in-form defender.
"I was quite surprised with them last season. They played well and showed good football - with the signings they've made they probably will step up another level.
"We'll have to be at our best. We need to set our stall out, we've got aims and we know what we've got to do. We need to do it from day one and get a good result."
Anthony Gardner says that three points from our opening Premiership encounter against Birmingham City is firmly on the wish-list - but knows the securing of maximum reward from the trip will not be easy.