Norwich’s title challenge is start to lose pace as they have now only managed the one win in their last six games. They are still up in the top three though but need to get some winning form back. They play host to Brigham on Friday night. The Blues are sat just outside the top six after suffering a loss last weekend. Read our Norwich v Birmingham betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on January 14th, 2019 at 11:13 p.m.)
The Canaries earned a point in a 1-1 draw out at West Brom last weekend
That leaves them with a D3 L1 record in their last four games
Norwich have won just one of their last six Championship games
That slip in form has seen them lose second place in the table to Sheffield United
Overall at Carrow Road this season in the Championship, Norwich have taken a W8 D1 L4 record
They have lost three of their four games against current top-eight sides
Norwich have scored well on home soil, netting 26 goals at Carrow Road
They have, however, conceded 22 goals in their home sequence
62% of matches at Carrow Road have ended over 25.5 goal and 46% have gone over 3.5
Norwich have taken a clean sheet in 31% of their home games
Six of their eight league home wins this season have been by a one-goal margin
Norwich have scored at least two goals in each of their last five league home fixtures
But they have conceded at least two goals one each of their last three at Carrow Road
78% of all league goals that Norwich have scored this season have been in the second period of fixtures
There was a 2-2 draw between these two back at the start of August
The Canaries are unbeaten in four league games against the Blues (W3 D1)
Birmingham have lost their last two visits to Carrow Road to nil
Both teams have scored in just one of the last six meetings
The Blues slipped to defeat last weekend against top-five side Middlesbrough
That has left them heading into the weekend four points outside the playoff spots
The loss snapped a good five-match undefeated streak of form they were on (W2 D3)
Birmingham have an away record of W4 D5 L4 this season
They are undefeated in four road games (W2 D2)
They have strung together a nine-match scoring streak away from home
The Blues have been winning at halftime in five of their road games (D4 L4)
Birmingham have conceded 62% of their away goals after the halftime break in matches
The Blues have scored 17 and have conceded 16 goals on their travels
Less than half of their away games have made it over 2.5 goals
The Blues have taken a clean sheet in two for their last four out on their travels
Overall they have secured four clean sheets away from home
Birmingham have opened the scoring in 8 of their 13 away games
Birmingham currently boast the fifth-best defensive record in the second tier
As Birmingham suffered a loss against Middlesbrough last weekend we have to take that as a sign that perhaps the Canaries can get back to winning ways. We are going to predict the home win for Norwich.
17th January 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Villains looked as if they were starting to turn their fortunes around just before the international break as they picked up back to back wins. They get back into action with a tough Midlands derby. Birmingham are right there level on points with their rivals in the middle of the Championship table. Read our Aston Villa v Birmingham betting tips for more.
Aston Villa 17/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 20th, 2018 at 8:13 p.m.)
Aston Villa produced back to back wins in the Championship before heading into the international break. Their last game was a fantastic 3-0 success on the road at Derby. That was the second time this season only that the Villains had managed to win back to back league games. Villa are unbeaten in three on home soil, winning their last two with a clean sheet. Aston Villa to win to nil is at 2/1 odds* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 8:14 pm). Each of Villa’s last three home wins have been with a clean sheet so there is a trend.
In their eight home games in the Championship, the Villains have come up with the fifteen goals. That has helped them to a W4 D3 L1 record for the season at Villa Park. They have hit the back of the net in all of their home games thus far. 80% of the goals that Villa have conceded at home this season have been in the second half of games. So that should lean towards the half-time draw offering some decent appeal in the game at 6/5 odds* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 8:14 pm).
Villas have won their last three at home against Birmingham to nil
Villa are unbeaten in their last 12 league games at the Blues (W8 D4)
Both teams have scored in just one of the last five meetings in all competitions
Birmingham have failed to score in four of the last five against Villa
The Blues last won at Villa Park in the 2004 top flight
Birmingham had a ding-dong battle in a 3-3 draw with Hull in their last Championship fixture. High scoring games has been a feature for them recently. That draw leaves the Blues with a good W4 D1 L1 record in their last six fixtures and they have need at least two goals in all but two of their last six. They have earned only the one clean sheet in their last eight though. Both teams to score is at 5/6 odds* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 8:14 pm)
Birmingham’s away form in the Championship this season is W2 D3 L3. It is well worth a look at their form against sides in the top half of the table. The Blues are just W1 D6 L2 in nine game against top-half of the table sides. Birmingham have come up with an average of less than a goal per away games. 71% of their away goals have been scored in the first half of games. 78% of their away goals conceded have been in the second half. They have struck the back of the net in each of their last nine league games. In the correct score market the 1-1 draw is at 11/2 odds* (betting odds taken on November 20th, 2018 at 8:14 pm)
Villa have been good enough on home soil and have had a bit of momentum behind them, enough to go and get a win on the board in this one. It will probably only be by the one-goal margin though as they do look evenly matched.
22nd November 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Sheffield United are hanging around the top five after a stringing together a good run of wins. But that was snapped last weekend with a defeat so they need a bounce-back performance. Birmingham continue to struggle along as they remain as one of just two sides who have yet to bank a win in the Championship this term. Read our Sheffield United v Birmingham betting tips for more.
Sheffield United 17/20
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 17th, 2018 at 11:22 pm)
The Blades were on a good four-match winning streak in the Championship before Bristol City got the better of them last weekend. Perhaps the most surprising thing was that the Blades didn’t get on the scoresheet as they have scored at least two goals in each of their four previous games. On home soil they have won their last two games, scoring six goals in the process. Because they are taking on a side who are struggling but who can be resilient, a Sheffield United 1-0 correct score option is at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 17th, 2018 at 11:22 pm).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in each of Sheffield United’s three games this season, but we are going to oppose that. Under 2.5 goals is at 3/4 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 17th, 2018 at 11:22 pm). Billy Sharp has been their main source of goals this season and is the club top scorer with three goals on the board. They have been level at halftime in two of the three home fixtures this season, so a Draw/Sheffield United half-time/ full-time bet could well appeal.
That first win of the new season has eluded the Blues so far, but they have drawn each of their last three games. They earned a point in a scrappy draw with West Brom in derby match up last weekend. Their away form reads just D1 L2 for the season though and they have failed to score in two of those three games. So they are clearly not a big threat, but with an overall D5 L2 record for the season that does give a nod towards some resilience in their ranks. They just don’t have the finishing quality to take down sides. Both teams not to score is at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from September 17th, 2018 at 11:22 pm) as we don’t see the Blues getting in a strike.
Birmingham took four points from the two Championship meetings last season. That was their first games together since an FA Cup tie back in 20102. There have been just the four previous Championship meeting between Sheffield United and Birmingham and it is Birmingham who are slightly ahead with a W2 D1 L1 record against the Blades.
Sheffield United have looked strong and powerful this season and we expect them to get back to winning ways in midweek. Birmingham just look a stubborn side more than a threatening one and we are going with Sheffield United to win to nil.
18th September 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Nottingham Forest have remained unbeaten for the season but have only picked up the one win so far. So they will be hoping to improve their fortunes on the weekend at the City Ground as they play host to Birmingham. The Blues had an extra fixture in midweek so won’t be quite as fresh as they suffered a 1-0 defeat out at Bolton. Read our Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting tips for more.
Nottingham Forest 8/11
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.)
Forest have collected a W1 D3 record for the season but their lone win did happen on home soil. They collected a 1-0 win over Reading in their last home giving them four points from their two home fixtures this season. That is the only clean sheet for them this season in the Championship as well, but we are going to back them to blank the Blues. Nottingham Forest to win to nil at bet365 is at 15/8 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.).
Forest have scored four of their five league goals this season from open play which is a good return from them and they have Hillel Soudani as their top scorer this term with two goals. Nottingham Forest produced a W10 D3 L10 record on home soil last season in the Championship but they are undefeated in their last five league games at the City Ground with a clean sheet in three of their last four there.
The Blues haven’t gotten a win on the board yet this season having gone D2 L2 in their first four games of the season. After a midweek 1-0 defeat out at Bolton, it leaves them on a three-match scoreless streak as well. They may have trouble in this quick turnaround in creating a great deal against a solid Forest side. Because of all that we are looking at the Nottingham Forest 1-0 correct score option at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 20th, 2018 at 11:13 p.m.) for our Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting tips.
The Blues do really look as if they are going to struggle for a big output again this season and last term in the Championship they won just three times away from St Andrews (D4 L16) averaging under a goal per game. After their losses at Middlesbrough and Bolton this season out on their travels, that is a five-match losing streak on the road that they are on.
Forest and Birmingham traded home wins in their Championship meetings last season. Three of the last four meetings between them have produced a home win (D1) so there is a bit of a trend there. Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings between the two of them at the City Ground. Nottingham Forest have lost just one of their last six home matches against the Blues (W3 D2 L1).
We have to stick with the home win cropping up in this one. Birmingham have looked light-weight in front of goal and Forest should be able to carve open enough chances to get three points. The 1-0 correct score for Forest appeals in our Nottingham Forest v Birmingham betting tips.
25th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
There is some early pressure mounting on Birmingham after picking up just the one points from their opening two games of the new season. It is likely that they won’t get an easy home game on Friday night either as they play host to Swansea. The Swans have come firing out of the gate banking back to back wins and they are going into the fixture as favourites. Read our Birmingham v Swansea betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.)
After their struggles against relegation last season, Birmingham would have been hoping for a more positive start to the new Championship season. It has not quite happened though for them after they opened with a 2-2 home draw against Norwich and then suffered a 1-0 defeat out at Middlesbrough. The Blues had Craig Gardner sent off late at the Riverside. So that is no clean sheet for them so far but we are going to go with the option of both teams not to score at 5/6 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.) as we see this being a low-scoring game.
So far the Blues haven’t looked particularly good in possession and not particularly clinical in front of goal although Lukas Jutkiewicz has looked sharp and he is a 5/2 anytime goalscorer option for the Blues* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.). Last season the Blues produced a W10 D3 L10 record on home soil in the Championship. A win here relieves some pressure for boss Garry Monk who will be facing his former team.
The Swans have made a flying start to the new season with them having collected back to back wins over Sheffield United and Preston. Both of those successes were by a one-goal margin and a Swansea to win by a one-goal margin is at 3/1 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 14th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.) and is one of our top Birmingham v Swansea betting tips. In their first game of the season against Sheffield United, the Swans fought back from a goal down on the road to take the win and then held out after a first-half goal against Preston.
They do actually look pretty organised and strong at the back while going forward they have averaged 9.5 shots per game so far. There probably were concerns at the start of the season as to where the goals were going to come from, but it has been a positive start from them and they will have plenty of appeal to go out and get a win in this one. We see the game ending under 2.5 goals though at 7/10 odds* (Betting Odds were taken on August 17th, 2018 at 7:08 p.m.).
Swansea and Birmingham last met in the 2013/14 season in Cup action. Birmingham won a League Cup tie on home soil against the Swans and then suffered an FA Cup home defeat against the Welsh club later that season. The last league meeting between them was in the 2008/09 Championship with Birmingham collecting four points from the two meetings. The overall head to head has Birmingham 16-8 up with the seven drawn matches.
We are siding with the Swans to get a one-goal margin victory out at St Andrew’s. They showed good character in taking a win at Bramall Lane on the opening weekend and they may find Birmingham not quite so much of a challenge.
16th August 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Birmingham have some work to do on the final day of the season. They are only two points from safety and because this is such a tough game they will be hoping teams beneath them misfire. Fulham have to better whatever Cardiff manage in the final round of matches to try and take second place in the table away from the Bluebirds.
Fulham 13/20, Draw 14/5, Birmingham 4/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:15 a.m. on May 1st, 2018)
The only way that Birmingham guarantees safety is by landing a win in this one. If they lose they could be overtaken by Bolton, Burton and Barnsley, while a draw would not leave them safe if two of the other win their games. So there is some work for the Blues to do, but at least they have home advantage. The bad news is they are facing Fulham. The Blues have actually gone W3 D1 in their last four home games so have improved dramatically and they took down Sheffield United in their last home game. Their defence still looks a bit of a mess though but with their sudden home scoring form, both teams to score at bet365 is at 4/6 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:15 p.m. on May 1st, 2018). There are going to be plenty of nerves around. Birmingham have averaged under a goal per game at St Andrew’s, but are on a four-match scoring streak there. Just 32% of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals so it’s worth looking under for this one. Seven of their nine home wins this season have all been by just the one-goal margin. Fortunately for them perhaps they also know that Burton and Barnsley, two sides directly beneath them, both have very tough final games too.
Fulham have come this far and now just one more win could get them automatic promotion. They start the game in third place, one point behind Cardiff, so they will need Cardiff not to win their game. If Cardiff loses against Reading (not highly likely) and Fulham draw, the Cottagers would get second. So all Fulham can do is win and just hope. The Cottagers are on a tremendous unbeaten stretch of 23 league games and they are unbeaten in eleven on the road. It’s been stellar stuff from them and they are going to go to the play offs as favourites if that is where they end up. Fulham have averaged 1.7 goals per away game this season and if they net at St Andrew’s on the weekend that would be twelve straight away games that they would have scored in. 64% of their away goals have come in the second half of matches. They are just so good at the moment they aren’t likely to lose this one as they can basically go for broke as it’s either a second or a third-place finish for them regardless. A Fulham 2-1 correct score at bet365 is at 7/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 11:15 p.m. on May 1st, 2018).
Fulham were 1-0 winners when the two met in early December at Craven Cottage. Birmingham were on a great run of undefeated form against the London side before that. Actually, in the seven previous Championship matches, Birmingham are W3 D2 L2 against Fulham. Birmingham are W1 D1 L1 in their last three at St Andrew’s against the Cottagers.
The Blues are not likely to have enough to keep a rampant Fulham quiet at St Andrew’s. Fulham are just so strong and powerful and they have nothing to lose in this one and everything to gain. Away win.
3rd May 2018 / lee - Category: Premiership Betting
Wolves already know that they will be playing in the Premier League next season. That’s a formality at this point, but they need two more points to mathematically get there and four to win the league title. If Fulham fails to win against Brentford on Saturday, then Wolves will earn promotion without needing to kick a ball in this one. Their rivals Birmingham are still scrapping against relegation and so there is immense pressure on them going into this derby day fixture.
Wolves 2/5, Draw 15/4, Birmingham 6/1* (Betting Odds taken at 3:51 p.m. on April 10th, 2018)
Wolves can win promotion on Sunday after beating Derby 2-0 at home in midweek. That leaves them with just two more points needed to wrap up a place in the Premier League next season. It would be sweet for them to do it against a city rival. The win against the Rams on Wednesday moved Wolves to aW15 D4 L2 record this season on home soil in the second tier. They are now W5 D1 in their last six league games home and away combined and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last eight league wins. In the bet365 correct score market a Wolves 2-0 option is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on April 12th, 2018 at 6:43 p.m.). Diogo Jota and Ruben Neves have both come up with two goals in Wolves’ last three games so are in a bit of form and worth considering in the anytime goalscorer market. Wolves have won 43% of their home games to nil this season, having averaged over two goals per game themselves and having conceded at under a goal per game. They are on a seven-match scoring streak of at least two goals at Molineux. With the finish line in sight you imagine that they will try and finish the job. Of the goals that they have conceded at home this season, two thirds of them have been in the second half of matches. They are well in form at the moment and with every chance of landing the victory.
The Blues were on a four-match undefeated streak of form (D3 D1) before they suffered a defeat away at Bristol City in midweek. Still, the points that they have earned lately have given them renewed hope of staying up, but they have a really tough run-in still. After facing Wolves, they still have to go against Sheffield United and Aston Villa in their final three games, both play off contenders. So the pressure could easily swing back their way. The Blues have collected only the three away wins all season in the Championship and their recent victory at Bolton, who are one place beneath them in the table, snapped a four-match losing streak of away from that they were on. Two of the defeats in that sequence were against Aston Villa and Cardiff, current top four sides like Wolves are. Birmingham have managed only the 16 away goals this season in the Championship but they have conceded an average of 1.8 goals per game on their travels. Birmingham have scored in each of their last four away games, but getting on the board against Wolves is going to be tough. Under 2.5 goals is at 19/20 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:21 p.m. on April 11th, 2018). Their survival hangs in the balance still.
Wolves were 1-0 winners over their Midlands rivals earlier in the season and they are W3 D1 L1 in their last five contests against the Blues. Wolves though haven’t won any of their last three on home soil against Birmingham in a D2 L1 record from that. Three of the last four meetings at Molineux have ended under 1.5 goals with two 0-0 draws played out in that sequence.
There should not be much-preventing Wolves from getting a home win on the board in his one. Even though Birmingham have been showing some survival moxie lately, Wolves are a powerful beast at Molineux. Wolves to win to nil.
13th April 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
An interesting clash this should be between two sides who haven’t had the greatest of seasons. Birmingham still have bigger relegation concerns though than the Trotters do and Bolton have been in some pretty reliable form on home soil. So this is another tough game for the Blues given their current circumstances, but they have suddenly found a bit of form.
Bolton 11/8, Birmingham 15/8, Draw 12/5* (Betting Odds taken at 8:01 p.m. on March 30th, 2018)
Bolton couldn’t survive a trip to Elland Road against Leeds on Friday, suffering a 2-1 loss there. That snapped a three-match undefeated streak of form that they were running on as well. They will be happy to get back to home soil though where their form has been pretty solid. The Trotters are W4 D2 L1 in their last seven home games in the Championship and that should put them in good stead for a win in this one. They have won four of their previous six home games this season (D1 L1) against sides currently in the bottom eight. So there is a good trend there for them. Six of their eight home wins this season have been by a one-goal margin and each of their last four successes on home soil have been 1-0 wins. A Bolton 1-0 correct score at bet365 is at 13/2 odds* (betting odds taken on March 31st, 2018 at 2:31 p.m.). Each of the last five home successes that Bolton have produced have been with a clean sheet so there is the simple option of backing the Trotters to win to nil as well. They beat Aston Villa in their last home game, so you would imagine that they will get past the Blues.
Out of nowhere, the Blues have kicked into survival mode. They have won back to back games now, both at home with clean sheets against Hull and Ipswich to claw their way out of the drop zone. They are still in a big fight though. Their away form is dreadful at the moment as they have lost their last four on the bounce. So even a point out of this one would be good because of that. Birmingham have only managed the 14 goals on their travels this season as well having posted a W2 D4 L13 record on their travels. So the score is probably going to be kept down in the game and under 2.5 goals is at 13/20 odds at bet365* (betting odds taken on March 31st, 2018 at 2:31 p.m.) to reflect just that. The Blues may not have too much of an input in this. Another stand-out stat of their away campaign this season is that Birmingham have been losing at half time in over half of their road games this season. They have no clean sheet in their last six games away from St Andrews, conceding at least two in each of their last four.
The recent history between these two suggests that there is going to be a tight tussle. Each of the last five meetings have all failed to produce more than one goal in a game. There was a 0-0 draw between them at St Andrew’s earlier this season and Birmingham are W3 D1 L1 in their last five games against the Trotters, winning their last visit to Bolton in the 2015/16 Championship.
Bolton can do a number on the visiting Blues in this one. Their recent home success though suggests it will be by a narrow margin and so a 1-0 correct score on the Trotters is super appealing in this.
31st March 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Birmingham still have major relegation issues hanging over them, but they gave themselves a glimmer of hope with a win just before the international break, snapping a long losing streak of form. Can they build on that though? Ipswich are in mid-table but they lost back to back games before heading into the break. Which of the two will come back the stronger in pursuit of the three points?
Birmingham 21/20, Draw 11/5, Ipswich 11/4* (Betting Odds taken at 07:01 p.m. on March 26th, 2018)
Birmingham are in the drop zone on goal difference only against Barnsley so their win over Hull last time out before the international break gave them plenty of hope. That snapped a dreadful seven-match losing sequence that they were on and ended at three-match losing streak at St Andrews as well for them. That was their first clean sheet since January 2nd as well in the Championship. But can they build on it? Birmingham are W7 D2 L10 at home for the season where they have averaged less than a goal per game. It’s been a really poor return from them in front of goal with just 14 in 19 home games netted. Their goals against Hull snapped a three-match scoreless streak of home form but still they have failed to score in five of their last eight league outings if you look at it. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 for 8/15 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:01 p.m. on March 26th, 2018) looks a reasonable option therefore. They need the points on offer in this one.
The season is likely to come to an end with mid-table anonymity for the Tractor Boys. They have been patchy all season and they are W2 D1 L3 in their last six games so haven’t been in top form. That having been said though the two wins in that sequence were both out on the road, beating Preston and Sheffield Wednesday. They suffered a loss in their last road game though at play-off chasing Bristol City. Overall for the season Ipswich are W7 D3 L9 on their travels in the Championship and are just pretty average everywhere you look in the stats for them. Of the goals they have conceded away from home, 62% of them have been in the second half of matches so a half-time draw at bet365 is well worth a poke in this one. The Tractor Boys have gone off the boil up front having failed to score in five of their last six games now and in the bet365 correct score market the 0-0 draw is a short 6/1 option with the Brigimahm 1-0 heading the market at 5/1 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 07:01 p.m. on March 26th, 2018). Birmingham certainly have a lot more to play for than the visitors do in this one.
Ipswich collected a 1-0 home win over Birmingham earlier in the season and that leaves them with four points from their last two games against the Blues. Birmingham collected a 2-1 victory in his corresponding fixture from last season and have won their last two at St Andrew’s against the Tractor Boys, going unbeaten in four against them there (W2 D2).
Birmingham should be lifted by that win last time out and a break to refresh their though. Ipswich aren’t running in great form at the moment but aren’t a bad side, so back the draw at St Andrew’s.
28th March 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Midlands derby is always one to look forward too and it’s an important one for both of these. Birmingham need the points to help stave off the threat of relegation while the Villains need them to try and hone in on automatic promotion. Both are carrying some pretty decent form with them at the moment and this should be a cracking encounter at Villa Park on Sunday afternoon.
Aston Villa 8/11, Draw 13/5, Birmingham 5/1* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.)
Villa are running in some hot form at the moment with a tremendous six-match winning streak going. That leaves them just outside the automatic play off spots going into the weekend. They really have their act together at the moment and four of those six wins have been with a clean sheet too. Aston Villa to win to nil at Bet365* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.) is at 6/4 odds. Villa’s home record in the Championship this season reads W9 D5 L1 and they are on a three-match winning streak there and are unbeaten in their last seven at Villa Park now. They have scored at least three goals in each of their last three home games as well but up in the correct score market an Aston Villa 1-0 is at the head of the market and that is because there have been a lot of low-scoring, tight Midlands derby duels between Villa and Birmingham recently. Villa have conceded at an average of under a goal per game this season so far at home and they have scored 28 goals in their 15 home games which is about 1.9 goals per game. Villa have been leading at half time in nine of their home games as well this season. Villa have scored in each of their last eight league games and their top scorer this season is Albert Adomah with seven of his twelve league goals having come on home soil.
The Blues have finally started to get things together and they are moving away from the threat of relegation. That is because they have gone W4 D1 L1 in their last six league games a vast improvement to how poor they were going for the rest of the season. They have won their last two game back to back by a 3-1 scoreline, taking down Sunderland and Sheffield Wednesday. Away from home, they’ve managed to go four unbeaten now and have won two of their last three away from St Andrews. Those have been the only away wins that they have gotten this season in an overall W2 D4 L9 record. They have struggled up front this term with only the eleven goals scored on their travels in fifteen games and just 20% of their away fixtures this season have made it over 2.5 goals. Under 1.5 goals at bet365 for 7/4 odds* (Betting Odds taken on February 9th, 2018 at 3:58 p.m.) looks a decent option to roll with for this derby game. After their improvement recently Birmingham will be starting the weekend four points clear of the relegation zone, so they have a bit of a cushion, but they were taken to extra time in midweek in their FA Cup replay against Huddersfield (which Birmingham lost) so that wasn’t ideal preparation for this one.
The last four between these two at Villa Park have been tight battles with Villa winning three of them by a 1-0 scoreline and the other being a 0-0 draw. There was a 0-0 draw between the two rivals St Andrews back in October. It means that each of the last five meetings now have ended under 2.5 goals and just one of the last nine meetings have managed to make it over the goal line. Aston Villa can boast a six-match unbeaten streak of form on home soil against the Blues, with wins in five of those.
Aston Villa are just in brilliant form at the moment and now have automatic promotion fully within their sights. A Midlands derby is never an easy game though, but the Villains are strong enough to get through this battle on home soil but as the Blues are improving, back the home side to just edging the duel by a one-goal margin only.
9th February 2018 / lee - Category: Championship Betting