Charlton are defying all odds after their promotion to the second tier at the end of last season. Remarkably they remain undefeated and sitting second in the table as the action in the Championship resumes. Can they keep their wonderful form going as they play host to Birmingham, who have yet to nail any consistency? Read our Charlton v Birmingham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 10th, 2019 at 12:31 p.m.)
What a start from Charlton back up in the Championship. They have earned themselves a W4 D2 record in their six games so far. They won their two games played before the international break, both clean-sheet victories as well over Brentford and Reading. On home soil at the Valley this season, Charlton are W2 D1, the victories coming over Stoke and the aforementioned Brentford. Can the Addicks keep this fantastic momentum going after the break? Can they pick up where they left off?
It is an eighteen match undefeated streak of league home form that Charlton are on, taking into consideration their successful League One campaign from the last term. It means that the Valley is no easy place for visitors. Charlton’s top scorer for this campaign is Lyle Taylor with five goals, with two of those coming from the penalty spot. A little trend in Charlton’s league home games this season is that they have been leading at the half time break in two of their three home fixtures.
Charlton will meet Birmingham for the first time since the 2015/16 Championship
The Addicks have won the last two meetings against Birmingham by a one-goal margin
Both teams have scored in just one of the last nine meetings
Birmingham have won only one of their last seven visits to the Valley
The Blues have taken a W3 D1 L2 record from their Championship campaign this season. Looking a little deeper though, it is their home form which has been serving them well. They did open with a victory at Brentford in their first away game of the season. But then they followed that up with back to back 3-0 losses at Nottingham Forest and then Swansea. So that massive drop in away form will be of huge concern for them.
Of the six goals which they have shipped away from St Andrews, four of them have been in the second half of matches. Looking back last season as well, Birmingham have now lost five of their last eight Championship away games. It is something which they are going to have to sort out. Their top scorer for the season is Lukas Jutkiewicz with three goals. Both of his goals came at home though. It was Kristian Pederson who got their only away goal of this campaign so far.
Charlton are writing a remarkable story for themselves at the moment and deserve a lot of credit for having made the transition up a tier so well. They should have nothing to fear from Birmingham who haven’t been very stable on their travels. Home win.
11th September 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Stoke’s season is not going well. It is just the one point from their opening five games of the new season and they start the weekend rock bottom of the second tier. The Potters make the trip to Birmingham on Saturday, who have lost two of their last three, but whose home form is standing up. Read our Birmingham v Stoke betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 27th, 2019 at 7:52 p.m.)
The Blues have posted a W2 D1 L2 record so far this season. The two losses have been out on the road though, which leaves them unbeaten at St Andrew’s. In their first home game, they took a 1-1 draw against Bristol City, before beating Barnsley 2-0. So the notable thing out of all that is their home form. With Stoke out of form completely, it’s surprising that the Blues are not going as favourites for this fixture.
Granted the Blues have just one clean sheet in their last four paid but will they face a big threat from Stoke? 75% of all Birmingham’s league goals this season have come in the second half of fixtures. Heading into the weekend there are only two teams in the division who have scored fewer goals than the Blues have. Lukas Jutkiewicz is their top scorer this term with two goals. Five of their seven goals conceded this season have been after the half time break as well.
The Blues are W2 D2 in their last four home games against Stoke
Both teams have scored in just one of the last ten league meetings
The Blues won both league meetings last season
Stoke have lost their last three league games against the Blues without scoring
The Potters are bottom of the Championship and showing no sign of form whatsoever. It is a D1 L4 record that they have taken and they have suffered defeats in their two away games thus far. Both of those away defeats have been 3-1 losses for the Potters. Stoke have conceded at least two goals in all five of their league fixtures this season. They have shipped exactly three in three of their last four.
It’s a heavy hit that their defence has taken. Three of their four defeats have been against sides who are starting in the top six this weekend. So far it is an average of 2.6 goals per game that Stoke have conceded, with their two road games both getting above the 3.5 goals line. It has been a rough ride for them. They have conceded more goals than any other team in the Championship this season.
The Blues at least have been managing to win games and those games have been on home soil. So it makes sense to have a flutter on them to come up with a victory in this one. They have a great chance to sink Stoke into further trouble.
29th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
It has been a mixed bag of results from Birmingham so far in the Championship with a W1 D1 L1 return. They will be heading straight back into action on Tuesday night following a loss on the weekend. Barnsley have the exact same points haul as the Blues have from their opening three games. Read our Birmingham v Barnsley betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 18th, 2019 7:27 p.m.)
Tough to get a read on how things may pan out for Birmingham this season so early on. They produced a win on the opening weekend of the season, collecting a 1-0 win at Brentford. Following a draw against Bristol City, they took a bit of a beating on the weekend with a 3-0 reverse out on the road against Nottingham Forest. So that leaves them needing to come up with a response.
Their 1-1 draw against Bristol City in their one home game played so far was a decent return from them. But they will just be disappointed now about their lack of output, having produced just the two goals in their three games. That indicates that this may be a low scoring game, especially coming so soon after the weekend. Both goals in Birmingham’s opening home game came in the second half of the game.
Barnsley have won three of their last four visits to Birmingham (D1)
Barnsley took back to back 2-0 wins over the Blues last season in the Championship
Both teams have scored in just two of the last six meetings
Birmingham are winless in five home games against Barnsley
The Tykes also have four points from their three games so far. All of those points happened from their two home games. After an opening win over Fulham to kick off the season, their other point was at home against Charlton on the weekend. They looked on course for the win before they conceded a last-minute penalty and had to settle for the draw. But sandwiched in between that was a 2-0 loss out at Sheffield Wednesday.
They are naturally going to need some time to find their way in the Championship. Barnsley were promoted from League One last season where they finished with the best defensive record in the entire division. Last term it was their superb home record which was the backbone of their promotion push. That may be the same case for their survival in the second tier. All three of their league goals this season came from different
This game looks to tight to call really, especially with the quick turnaround of matches. Barnsley have looked pretty well equipped so far after their promotion and they may be able to go to St Andrew’s and get themselves a share of the spoils. Draw.
19th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Nottingham Forest got their first point of the new season on the board last weekend as they played out a draw with Leeds. Will they be able to pick up their first victory of the campaign as they play host to Birmingham on Saturday? The Blues have made a much stronger start having picked up four points from their opening two games of the new season. Read our Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting tips for more.
Notts Forest 19/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 13th, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.)
Forest had to face a couple of tough games to start the season with. They were at home against West Brom on the opening weekend of the season and suffered a 2-1 loss there. But they will probably be happy with their point earned out on the road at Leeds last weekend. Lewis Grabban got their equaliser in a 1-1 draw at Elland Road. That showed a bit of battling quality for them. So will their first win of the new season come as they face Birmingham?
Forest were a pretty handy side last season at the City Ground. Forest posted a W13 D4 L6 record at home in the last Championship campaign. They would have been well in the picture for a playoff place if they would have been able to get any away form going. One of the notable stats from Forest’s last campaign at home was that they conceded at under a goal per game on average. A win on the weekend will put Forest level on points with Brigimham, who have started well.
Birmingham earned four points against Forest in the Championship last term
There has not been an away win in any of the last seven meetings
Forest are unbeaten in their last four at home against the Blues
The Blues have three clean sheets in their last five against Forest
The Blues had all sorts of problems last season, none bigger than a nine-point deficit. But they overcame than and they will be happy with their start to the new season. They have taken four points from their opening two games and will be keen to keep that positive momentum going. They beat Brentford 1-0 in their first game of the campaign, before playing out a 1-1 draw with Bristol City at St Andrew’s last weekend.
That away success against the Bees should give them some confidence because that was no easy road trip to Griffin Park. With both of their games going under 2.5 goals so far, that could be the way to lean for your Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting. The Blues did finish last season on a seven-match undefeated streak of form, so that, rolled over to this campaign is a nine-match unbeaten streak of Championship form from them (W3 D6).
Nottingham Forest have been involved in a couple of tough games to open the season with and they have been competitive. Because of that, we will be behind them to get their first victory of the campaign this weekend. It will probably be tight but Forest can just pinch it.
15th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Birmingham v Bristol City Championship Preview, 10th August 3.00pm
Birmingham opened the new season on a positive note which will have been a great relief after all the problems of last season. Can they follow up with a win in their opening league effort at St Andrews? Bristol City come for a visit, the Robins having been wounded on the opening weekend in a heavy home loss against Leeds. Read our Birmingham v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 7/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 7th, 2019 at 6:46 p.m.)
It was a 1-0 away win that the Blues nailed last weekend in a tough game at Griffin Park against Brentford. The Blues had that big points deduction in the league last season, which put them in a temporary spot of relegation bother. They did more than enough though to climb to safety and never really looked in major danger of the drop. The home record that the Blues posted was W7 D11 L5 last season in the Championship.
They ended last season with just one win in their final eight home fixtures. They drew the last three on the bounce. Birmingham did better on the goal-scoring front on their travels than they did at St Andrews. They averaged 1.35 goals per home game last campaign. In total, they picked up a clean sheet in 30% of league home fixtures. Five of their seven wins at St Andrews last season happened by a margin of at least two goals.
The Blues and Bristol City traded away wins last season
Bristol City have won just two the last 17 against Birmingham
Three of the last four meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Both teams have scored in 4 of the last 10 meetings
The Robins got off to a losing start in the Championship as they lost 3-1 against Leeds. They were well down and out before Andreas Weimann got their consolation ten minutes from time. That was a tough game to open up with and the fact that they have to try and recover on the road is not a great situation. The Robins were a good road team last season in the Championship, posting a W11 D5 L7 record along the way.
Four of their seven away losses happened against the top five finishers. The Robins scored an average of 1.35 goals per away game last season. Only 39% of their road fixtures went above the 2.5 goal line and helping keep that stat down was the clean sheet in 39% of away games that Bristol City took. Of the eleven wins that Bristol City collected on their travels, nine of them were by one goal margin only. They were level at the halftime break in 13 road fixtures in total.
Teams are still finding their footing in the new season and Bristol City will not want to leave St Andrews empty-handed. They were excellent on their travels during the last campaign and they may be able to grab a win in the Midlands.
8th August 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The first round of the EFL Cup swings around just after the start of the new league season on the weekend. There could be an interesting clash at Fratton Park as Kenny Jackett’s League One outfit entertain Championship side Birmingham. Can the home side pull this out of the bag as they are kicking off as the favourites? Read our Portsmouth v Birmingham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on August 5th, 2019 at 10:40 p.m.)
Pompey got off to a losing start to the new season with a 1-0 away loss at Shrewsbury in League One on Saturday. They are kicking off as the favourites for this game at Fratton Park. Last season in the first round they found themselves on home soil and suffered a 1-2 loss against AFC Wimbledon. Skip back a season before that and they also made a first-round exit, losing away at Cardiff.
So they haven’t exactly been reliable with their League Cup output. They are now on a four-match losing streak in the League Cup, each of those defeats coming by a one-goal margin. They have lost seven of their last nine games played in this competition (W2). The two wins in that sequence were on home soil, both b against Peterborough in 2014 and then Derby the following season.
The last time these two met was in 2012
There were home wins traded between them that season
Pompey and Birmingham have alternated wins in each of the last eight meetings
Both teams have scored in three of the last eight clashes
The Blues secured an opening success for the season on the weekend. They made a tricky trip to Brentford and came away with a 1-0 win. After their struggles last season in the Championship, where they finished in the bottom half of the table, they can be forgiven for not paying too much attention to the EFL Cup.
Much like Pompey, Birmingham have had their struggles in the League Cup. They have lost four of their last five played in the competition, their one success in that sequence coming at home against Crawley in 2017. Last season they lost in the first round away at Reading. The away form of the Blues in the competition isn’t great. They have gone W3 L6 in their last nine on the road in the competition.
Pompey have won three of their last four at home against Birmingham, including an FA Cup tie. There’s no recent form to look at for this fixture, so a punt on the home side to come up with something looks the right option.
5th August 2019 / lee - Category: FA Cup & League Cup Betting
Brentford were mid-table finishers in the Championship last season, and the Bees were one of the most entertaining attacking sides around. They get an opener on home soil against a Birmingham side who had a massively disappointing season last term. Who will get themselves maximum points to fire up the new season with? Read our Brentford v Birmingham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 28th, 2019 at 1.31 p.m.)
The Bees actually had a good season on home soil the last term. They posted a W14 D4 L5 record at Griffin Park in the second tier. If they could have backed up the strong home form with any kind of away form they would have easily been in with a shot at promotion. They won just three times on their travels. With the kick-off on home soil, they are going as favourites on the opening weekend of the season.
There was a 1-1 draw when they hosted the Blues back at the start of October. Brenford have been shuffling their pack over the summer with a good crop of players coming in and they look as if they are going to be competitive. Their big and slightly strange pre-season friendly was a draw with Dynamo Kyiv in Austria in mid-July. In last season’s Championship, the Bees posted a W10 D2 record at home against sides who finsihed in teh bottom half of the table. That was some record.
There were two draws between Brentford and Birmingham in the least last season
Birmingham are W19 D9 L12 overall in the head to head
Both teams have scored in just one of their last four games
Brentford are unbeaten in their last two home games against the Blues
The Blues finished in the bottom half of the Championship last season. It was rough going all round from them and from March onwards they won only two games. Their record away from home read W7 D8 L8 last season. Within that record, they posted only two wins in their road games against a side who finished in the top fifteen. They were also slapped with a massive nine point deduction during the season as well. That left them tumblig towards a relegation battle.
Birmingham don’t have a permanent manager in place at the moment as Pep Clotet is caretaker boss currently. The Blues parted company with Garry Monk in the summer, Monk unhappy when they sold Jota to rivals Aston Villa in the summer. They have been standing pat with their squad from last season pretty much with only minor moves happening. Birmingham won just two games away from home the top 15 finishers in the Championship. They managed a clean sheet in just 22% of road games. 8 of their 13 away losses were by a one goal margin only.
Birmingham look disjointed and unsettled and could be in for another season of struggles. That’s quite the opposite for the Bees who appear to be in good shape. The home win in this looks the most reasonable outcome. Brentford to win.
31st July 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Rotherham suffered a defeat at Swansea on Friday in a thrilling encounter at the Liberty Stadium. However, that leaves them four points from safety with three games to play. They really have to make the most of home advantage here. Birmingham are currently on a three-match sequence of draws in the league. Can the Millers take their chance at home? Read our Rotherham v Birmingham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 19th, 2019 at 8:08 p.m.)
Rotherham took a 4-3 hit at Swansea on Friday despite leading 2-1 at half time. How badly they needed to hang on to that, but they just couldn’t. That is four defeats in their last six league games now, home and away, for Rotherham. Their home form is W7 D8 L6 this season and they have gone W2 D2 L2 in their last six. What will give them confidence here is that they have only lost one home game this season against any side currently in the bottom half of the table. So there any positives for the Millers.
They have scored at an average of 1.4 goals per home game this season. 67% of their home games have made it over 2.5 goals and part of that is because they have taken a clean sheet in just 19% of home fixtures. All seven of the home wins that they have recorded this season have been by a one-goal margin. They have no clean sheet in their last fifteen league home games but are on a nine-match scoring streak at home. So this could be entertaining. Each to their last five at home have gone over 2.5 goals.
Rotherham were 3-1 losers at Birmingham earlier this season
The Millers are winless in four against Birmingham
The Blues have lost one of their last fourteen games against Rotherham
Rotherham have won one of the seven previous Championship meetings
Birmingham are unbeaten in their last four league games, drawing their last three in a row. This run of positive form came after a five-match losing streak that they were on. In their last away game, they only managed a disappointing 1-1 draw at bottom side Ipswich. That leaves them with just the one point from their last four away games now. They have scored in just two of their last four away games. In total this season, Brigham have earned a W6 D7 L8 record on their travels in the league. Seven of those eight defeats have been against sides currently in the top half of the table.
Birmingham have scored 30 away goals this season which is an average of 1.4 per game. They have conceded at almost 1.6 per away game though. In total, they have only managed a clean sheet in 19% of road games. Of the goals which they have scored on the road, 60% of them have come in the first half of matches, while they have conceded 64% of their away goals in the second period of games. They are currently without a clean sheet in any of their last nine on the road in the Championship. That is just three points in their last nine games now, a pretty poor return from them.
Birmingham haven’t shown much away form, not even in their recent draw at Ipswich. So there has to be an opportunity for Rotherham to come out and produce something. They have been scoring at home, so they may just have enough about them to get three points in the bag. They can’t afford to do less really. Home win.
19th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Blues gave themselves a big lift on the weekend as they took a surprise win over Leeds at St Andrews. That snapped them out of a big losing streak of league form. Sheffield United bagged themselves three points on the weekend in a good way win at Preston. They will defend second place in the table in midweek. Read our Birmingham v Sheffield United betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 6/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
Birmingham produced a win from nowhere over the weekend as they beat Leeds 1-0 at St Andrews. The blues have been on a five-match losing streak in the Championship prior to that. So those three points eased some pressure off them. The win over Leeds gives Birmingham a home record of W7 D8 L5 this season in the league. The victory over Leeds also saw Birmingham snap a slump of one point from four league home games. Each of the last three league fixtures at St Andrews have ended up finishing under 2.5 goals. Each of Birmingham’s last four wins that they have recorded at home in the Championship have been with a clean sheet.
Birmingham have picked up a clean sheet in 35% of their home games in this season second tier. They have failed to hit the back of the net in three of their last five home games and of the goals which they have produced at home, 63% of them have been in the second period of fixtures. Birmingham have also conceded 65% of goals at home in the second period. Even with their win on the weekend they are only five points above them so still have some pressure on them. Birmingham haven’t been involved in league draw in any of their last seven played.
There was a 0-0 draw between the two of them in September
The Blues are currently undefeated in their last four against the Blades
Birmingham won this corresponding fixture 2-1 last season
Sheffield United are on a four-match losing streak at St Andrews
Sheffield United picked up a good three points away at Preston over the weekend which move them back up into second place. That was a good response from the Blades having lost against Bristol City in their previous game. Victory at Preston moved Sheffield United on to a six-match undefeated streak of form away from home in the Championship. It leaves them at W10 D5 L5 this season on their travels in the second tier. The Blades have produced a total of an average of 1.5 goals per away game this season, and they have been fairly solid in defence.
The Blades have conceded an average of just over a goal per road game. They have earned a clean sheet in 40% of their away games this season. There are on a four-match streak without having conceded on their travels currently, while they themselves have scored only the three goals in that sequence of games. So that each of their last three away victories in the Championship have been recorded by a 1-0 scoreline. Of the 10 away wins they have taken the season six of them have been by a one-goal margin. The Blades are on a five-match scoring streak in the division while each of their last four away fixtures have ended up going under 2.5 goals.
Under 2.5 goals at 8/11 odds
Sheffield United to win by a one-goal margin at 11/4
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
Birmingham have not produced a great deal of form recently which made their win over Leeds on the weekend a huge shock. Sheffield United should be able to handle themselves on this trip to St Andrews and can sneak it by a one-goal margin. Away win.
9th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Birmingham’s troubles continued last weekend with a loss at the Hawthorns against West Brom. That, combined with their points-deduction, leaves them only five points above the drop zone. Leeds got themselves a good home win on the weekend to push themselves back up into second place at the expense of Sheffield United. Read our Birmingham v Leeds betting tips for more.
Leeds even money
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 4th, 2019 at 5:11 p.m.)
Thing went from bad to worse for Birmingham last weekend with a 3-2 loss at West Brom. That is a five-match losing streak that they are on in the Championship, and pile on top of that their points deduction and March was a really rough month for them. They are back at home on the weekend where they hold a W6 D8 L5 record this season. They have lost back to back league games there though without scoring and they are currently winless in four at St Andrew’s with a D1 L3 record in hat sequence.
Birmingham have failed to score in four of their last five league games home and away. They have netted in just one of their last four at home. The Blues have averaged 1.4 goals per home game this season and they haven’t done bad defensively. They have conceded an average of just over a goal per game with a clean sheet in 32% of home games. However, with that having been said, they haven’t taken an clean sheet home and away in any of their last nine games. The Blues have conceded 65% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures, having been level at the break in 11 of 19 home games.
Leeds have lost one of their last four visits to St Andrew’s (W2 D1)
Birmingham took a 2-1 win at Elland Road in September
The Blues have won back to back league games against Leeds
Birmingham have scored in 9 of their last 10 against Leeds
After having lost against Sheffield United in their previous game, Leeds got their promotion push back on track with a 3-2 home win over Millwall last weekend. They will be looking for their third straight away win on the weekend after taking out Bristol City and Reading in their last two road games. Leeds are W10 D4 L5 this season in the division on their travels. They have had no problem sticking the ball in the back of the net, having averaged 1.6 goals per away games and they have scored in all but one of their away games this season which is a fantastic record.
Leeds have earned a clean sheet in a third of their away games and seven of their ten away wins this season have been by a one-goal margin only. The Whites have been level at half time in eleven of their away games. They have come up with 65% of their away goals in the second period of fixtures. Their last two wins on the road have both been with a clean sheet. Only Norwich and West Brom have managed to pick up better away records than what Leeds have collected this season in the Championship. They also have the fourth best offensive and defensive records.
The Blues are in a mess at the moment and Leeds have produced results away from home recently. The visitors should just have enough to get over the line and they are a decent price at which to collect the win as well. Leeds to win.
5th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting