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
This should be an interesting battle between the two sides who disappointingly missed out on promotion last season. Leeds finished in third place in the table and lost in the play offs. Bristol City just missed out on the play off spots altogether as their form deserted them at the worst time. It’s time to pick up the pieces for both and get back down to action. Read our Bristol City v Leeds betting tips for more.
Bristol City 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on July 29th, 2019 at 2:12 p.m.)
The Robins looked as if they were going to make a serious run at promotion through the play offs at one point last season. That was because of a hot streak of form between the end of November and mid-February. But once a seven-match winning streak that they were on was snapped they stuttered towards the end of the season. Bristol City ended up finishing in eighth, two places short of the playoff zones. The Robins finished four points short of their play off target.
Their form at Ashton Gate was W8 D8 L7 for the season. The Robins collected just one win in their last seven home fixtures last term. Their goal output could have been a bit higher as they averaged 1.2 goals per home fixture. Just 35% of fixtures at Ashton Gate last term in the Championship made it over 2.5 goals, a very low tally. Of the eight wins that they produced on home turf, six of them were by just one goal margin. City were level at half time in 11 of their 23 home matches.
Leeds won both league meetings last season
The Robin are winless in five against Leeds (D1 L4)
Leeds have won their last two visits to Ashton Gate
Both teams have scored in just two of the last seven meetings
The Whites had a horrible crash at the end of the season. They picked up just one point from their final four games of the term. That saw them slip out of contention for an automatic promotion spot. They ended up taking this place in the table, six points adrift of the top two. They then came unravelled against Derby in the play offs semi-final. They still have Marcelo Bielsa in charge which is a huge positive for them. That’s good stability. Their away record last season was W11 D4 L8.
9 of their 11 defeats last season (home and away combined) happened in the 2019 calendar year. Leeds average 1.5 goals per away game last term, banking a clean sheet in almost a third of their road games. Of their away defeats picked up last season, five of the eight were by a one-goal margin only. Seven of their eleven wins on the road happened by a one-goal margin only. The Whites were level at the half time break in 13 of their 23 away fixtures. If would be a fantastic start if they were to pick up three points on the road in this opener.
There should be a really good contest in this one. Leeds had the better of the two meetings last season and are a reasonable option to back to get the three points in the bag here. In terms of potential goal-scoring, they look as if they will have more about them than the home side.
30th July 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
The Tigers are set for a mid-table finish but they aren’t carrying much form with them at the end of the season. This game is all about Bristol City’s outside chance of making the top six to reach the playoffs. In order to that, they have to win and hope that Derby lose and Middlesbrough do nothing more than draw. Read our Hull v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 11/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on May 3rd, 2019 at 4:54 p.m.)
Hull have taken the one point from their last four league games. During that sequence of games, they have conceded eight goals. The home record of Hull this season reads W11 D5 L6 so it hasn’t been bad from them at all. A look at who those wins have come against though tells a clear story. They have gone W8 D2 at home against sides currently 15th or lower in the table. That’s just three of their home wins against top half of the table sides. Hull suffered a loss in their last home game at 3-0 reverse against Sheffield United.
That though is the only defeat that the Tigers have suffered in their last thirteen league home fixtures. In total they have taken a clean sheet in 36% of home games, having scored at an average of 1.6 goals per home game. Of their eleven home wins, seven of them have been by a margin of at least two goals. They have gone without a clean sheet in any of their last four home games, all four of those fixtures going over 2.5 goals. The Tigers have been leading at the halftime break in 10 of their home games. They have scored nearly 60% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures though.
Bristol City claimed a 1-0 home win over Hull earlier this season
The Robins are unbeaten in their last three league games against Hull
Four of the last five meetings in all companies have gone over 2.5 goals
Hull have lost just one of their six previous Championship home games against the Robins
Bristol City picked up a 2-1 win at Millwall in midweek to keep their outside chances of finishing the top six alive. That shook them out of a slump in form too as they had taken just one point from their previous four league matches. The away record of Bristol City is at W11 D4 L7 this season and had lost two in a row before that success at Millwall in midweek. Overall this season Bristol City have actually taken a clean sheet in 41% of their away games. Only 41% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals this season.
Of the away wins that the Robins have taken this season, nine of the eleven have been by a one-goal margin only. That’s all they need in this one, plus other results to go their way. Bristol City though haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last seven games, home and away. The Robins have been sat level at the break in 12 of their 22 road games and they have scored 67% of their road goals in the second period of fixtures. All in all, there are only two teams in the league this season who have produced more points away from home than the Robins have done. How badly they need three more.
Hull don’t actually have bad home form, but the Robins have to turn up in a positive frame of mind knowing that it’s win or bust. Even if it’s a win their playoff dreams could be shattered. So basically they have nothing to fear over losing, they just have to go for it. Away win.
4th May 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Millwall can breathe easy now that they have secured safety for another season in the Championship. They picked up a point at home against Stoke on the weekend which was enough to get them safe. As for Bristol City they had a costly defeat against Derby. That leaves the Robins four points outside of the play-off spots and they need a win in this one to move within one place of the top six with 1 to play. Read our Millwall v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City even money
Draw 13/5* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 28th, 2019 at 7:12 p.m.)
Millwall played out a 0-0 home draw against Stoke on the weekend and with Rotherham losing it means that the Lions have a four-point cushion over the relegation zone. So they are staying up with two games to spare. So they can now relax not having to worry about picking up a win at the end of the season now. Millwall are winless in their last five games having drawn four of those. Their overall home record this season is W7 D9 L6 but they have done surprisingly well at home against some of the stronger sides in the division. Their home record against the current top seven teams in the league is W3 D2 L2.
Mayoral have scored 25 goals and they have conceded 25 goals at home this season. Less than half of their home games have gone over 2.5 goals. In total Millwall have earned a clean sheet in 36% of all their home games and they have picked up a clean sheet in three of their last four at the Den. Of the seven home wins which they have earned this season five of them have been by a one-goal margin only. Millwall have been level at the break in 11 home games, and in their last six fixtures home and away combined, they have all gone under 2.5 goals.
There was a 1-1 draw between the two sides back in December
Millwall are unbeaten in their last five league games against Bristol City
Millwall have won their last two home fixtures against the Robins
Bristol City are W1 D2 L1 in their four previous championship away games at Millwall
There was another big setback for Bristol City on the weekend as they lost 2-0 at home against Derby County. That is just the one point from their last four games now and this has been a dreadful time to have lost their form. But they still have a shot at the playoffs and they really need to pick up the victory in this one to try and pull it off. That is because they are four points behind sixth-placed Derby. That is how big their defeat against the Rams was on the weekend. But they do have a chance to make amends in midweek.
The overall away form of Bristol City this season is actually pretty good at W10 D4 L7 and just two of those seven away defeats happened against sides who are currently in the bottom half of the table. Bristol City have lost back-to-back away games against Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday. Before that, though they had won two huge away games at Sheffield United and Middlesbrough. In total Bristol, City have earned a clean sheet in 43% of their road fixtures this season. Just 38% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals during this campaign. Of the 10 away wins that Bristol City have recorded, eight of them have been by a one-goal margin. The Robins have been level at the half-time break in 12 road games.
Millwall have a good chance to relax now and take a breather after having secured survival. That could open the door for Bristol City to go and snap out of their slump and pick up a crucial victory to leave their hopes of the play-off spot running into the final weekend of the season. Bristol City to win.
29th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Pressure. Is. On. What a setup there is for this game. This is a battle for a top six place. Derby start the weekend in that precious sixth spot but are only a point ahead of Bristol City. So this almost has the feel of being a winner takes all match. Whoever does come out on top will have strong control of locking down that final play-off place. Read our Bristol City v Derby betting tips for more.
Bristol City 7/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 26th, 2019 at 6:58 p.m.)
Bristol City suffered a 2-0 reverse at Sheffield Wednesday last weekend. With just one point from their last three league games, their chance of a top-six finish have been hit. They are undefeated in their last four games on home soil with a W2 D2 record. They played out a 1-1 draw against Reading in their last home fixture. Overall this season the Robins have taken a W8 D8 L6 record at Ashton Gate. They have averaged 1.3 goals per home game this season in the Championship.
Just 36% of Bristol City’s home games this season have gone over 2.5 goals, the Robins having taken a clean sheet in 18% of home games. Of their eight home successes this season, six of them have been by a one-goal margin. Bristol City have been level at half time in eleven home games. They have produced 68% of their home goals in the second period of fixtures and they haven’t taken a clean sheet in any of their last seven on home soil. They have the third best defensive record in the league though, can it help them to get a crucial three points in this one?
There was a 1-1 draw between these two at Pride Park in December
Four of the last five meetings have ended in a draw
Bristle City are unbeaten in five against the Rams
The Robins won 4-1 at home over Derby last season
The Rams collected a 2-0 home win over QPR last weekend to move them back up into the play-off places. That is seven points collected from their last three league games now The Rams have only suffered the one defeat in their last nine league outings now so have come back into form just at the right time. However, their upturn in form has largely come about on home soil. The Rams are winless in their last eight games away from home in the Championship. They have not taken a clean sheet in any of their last six.
Derby have actually conceded at least two goals in each of their last four league away games now. Derby have averaged 1.2 goals per away game this season and they have only managed a clean sheet in 10% of their road games, which is pretty poor. Of the six away victories that they have taken this season, five of them have been by a one-goal margin. Just seven times this season have Derby opened the scoring in an away game. Derby have posted a W2 D1 L3 record from their six away games against others currently in the top seven this season. Bristol City are eighth.
It is not difficult to imagine that this is going to be a really tense game given what is at stake. The onus is on the Robins to come out and produce on home soil though. With the away form of Derby not being great at the moment, the home win does have the most appeal.
27th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City Championship Preview, 22nd April 3.00pm
The Owls are not going to make the playoffs this season but they can still shot for a good top ten finish. They have produced well all season at Hillsborough and will be a tough opponent for Bristol City to face. The Robins are in a fight to lock down a place in the playoffs. Read our Sheffield Wednesday v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Sheffield Wednesday 13/10
Bristol City 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
The Owls are W9 D8 L4 this season on home soil in the league, so they have been a tough side to beat. They have suffered just the one defeat in their last dozen played at Hillsborough in the second tier, that loss coming against the in-form Aston Villa at the start of April. They recovered in their very next home game, thumping Notts Forest 3-0. So that is four wins in their last six on home soil that the Owls have recorded (D1 L1).
In their home campaign, this season Sheffield Wednesday have averaged 1.5 goals per game, earning a clean sheet in one-third of all their home fixtures. They have three clean sheets in their last five at Hillsborough. Of the goals which they have conceded at home, 72% of them have been in the second period of fixtures. Each of their last three home games have made it over 2.5 goals.
The Owls earned a 2-1 away win at Bristol City earlier this season
Bristol City won this corresponding fixture 4-0 last season
The Robins are unbeaten in seven league home games against Wednesday
Both teams have scored in four of the last six clashes
The Robins suffered a defeat at Aston Villa in their last road game, a 2-1 reverse there. They had won their two previous away games and they were superb victories over Sheffield United and Middlesbrough. Bristol City have been one of the better away sides this season having posted a W10 D4 L6 record on their travels so far as they push for a play off place finish.
The Robins have taken a clean sheet in 45% of their road games, while they themselves have averaged 1.4 goals per road fixture. Three of Bristol City’s last five away games have gone over 2.5 goals, each of those actually ending in a 3-2 scoreline. Of their ten wins earned out on their travels, Bristol City have won eight of them by a one-goal margin. They are currently sitting on an eleven match scoring streak on their travels with 64% of their away goals this season coming in the second half of games.
The Owls have just misfired a little against some of the better sides in the division recently. So that may open the door for the Robins to pounce in this one. Of the two, it is Bristol City who have the more to gain and they are 15/8 to win this* (Betting Odds were taken from Paddy Power on April 16th, 2019 at 10:19 p.m.)
20th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Bristol City are still in the mix for a shot at a playoff spot in the Championship, but things are getting intense now after a loss last time out. Can they recover back on home soil? The Royals picked up a win last weekend, leaving them four points clear of the drop zone with four to play. Read our Bristol City v Reading betting tips for more.
Bristol City 8/13
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 16th, 2019 at 4:58 p.m.)
Bristol City had a five-match undefeated streak of form snapped last time out as they were narrowly beaten by the in-form Aston Villa away from home. The Robins are unbeaten in their last three on home soil, the most recent game at Ashton Gate producing a 3-2 win over West Brom. Their overall home record this season in the Championship is at W8 D7 L6. They have claimed just the one victory in their last five there though (D2 L2).
The Robins have scored an average of 1.3 goals per home game this season, with only 38% of their home fixtures going over 2.5 goals. City have conceded in each of their last six home games, shipping at least two goals in their last two on home soil. Bristol City have scored two-thirds of their home goals in the second period of fixtures and they have opened the scoring in less than half of their home games. In total, they have shipped a goal in 81% of their home games this season. They do boast the fourth-best defensive record in the league.
Reading took a 3-2 home win over the Robins earlier this season
Bristol City have won one of their last four at home against the Royals (W1 L3)
Both teams have scored in three of the last eight meetings
Reading have won eight of the last nine against the Robins
The Royals picked up a 2-1 home win over Brentford last weekend which was a great boost for their survival. They are going well on home soil, but out on the road, it is a very different story. Reading have only won twice away from home in the Championship this season (D10 L9). They are currently winless in three on the road (D2 L1) and they have claimed just the one victory in their last seventeen away from home.
Reading have scored under a goal per away game on average this season, while they have conceded at 1.5 goals per game on average. Of their away defeats this season, five of the eight have been by a one-goal margin. The Royals have been level at the break in 11 away matches this season (W6 D4) which is pretty solid. 9 of those 11 half time draws were 0-0 score lines. The Royals have, however, conceded 72% of their away goals in the second period of matches.
Bristol City have to get themselves going once again on home soil and they have been steady enough at Ashton Gate to suggest that they are going to get a valuable three points on the board to ensure they stay in the top six. Home win.
16th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
This is going to be a huge showdown in the race for a playoff place finish in the Championship this season. Villa and City are fifth and sixth respectively and both have been on a good streak of form. The three points out of this would be highly precious to whoever can claim them. Read our Aston Villa v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Aston Villa 4/5
Bristol City 7/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 11th, 2019 at 3:44 p.m.)
The Villains made it seven wins on the bounce with a midweek away success at relegation-threatened Rotherham. It has been some streak of form from Aston Villa, who look likely to lock down a playoff spot. They go to the game one point above Bristol City and so maximum points from this home fixture would leave them so well situated in the top five. Villa are on a three-match winning streak at home at the moment. That is part of an overall W9 D8 L3 home record from them this term.
The Villains have averaged 2.30 goals per home game this season, while they have conceded at an average of 1.65. All that has totalled up to 75% of Villa’s home games having made it over 2.5 goals this season. Villa have earned a clean sheet in exactly a quarter of their home games this season, taking two in their last three there. They have scored in each of their last eight game in the division, with at least two goals netted in each of their last five. Each of their last five Championship games have also gone over 2.5 goals.
There was 1-1 draw between them earlier this season
Villa are undefeated in four against City
Aston Villa won this corresponding fixture 5-0 against City last season
The Robins have won one of their last seven against Villa in all competitions
The Robins have done well to get themselves back in the playoff picture. They are currently undefeated in five games now, winning three of those. Of the wins in that sequence, they have taken out Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and West Brom, all current top-seven teams. The wins over Boro and Sheffield United were away from home as well. The Robins have posted a fantastic W10 D4 L5 record on their travels this season in the Championship. They have the fifth-best away record in the league at the moment.
The Robins have scored in each of their last ten road games and their away record is now at W10 D4 L5. They have averaged 1.4 goals per away game this season and defensively they have been even better. The Robins have taken a clean sheet in 57% of their away games, with only 37% of their road games going over 2.5 goals. Of their ten away wins, eight of them have been by a one-goal margin. Bristol City have been level at the half time break in 11 of their 19 away fixtures. They have scored 63% of their away goals in the second period of fixtures.
What a game this should be. Bristol City are back on form and are going to pose a challenge for the Villains. However, Aston Villa at home should just have the extra scoring power about them to get over the finish line. Home win.
12th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
West Brom took a hit on the weekend as they suffered a loss at Millwall. That snapped a three-match winning streak that they were on in the Championship. They start midweek action still in fourth place though. Bristol City are just hanging on to six, but have games in hand over the top five and three points would be huge for their hopes of making the playoffs. Read our Bristol City v West Brom betting tips for more.
Bristol City 29/20
West Brom 15/8
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on April 7th, 2019 at 4:02 p.m.)
Bristol city collected a point in a home draw against Wigan over the weekend. That was their fourth game in a row without defeat (W2 D2). They have only won two of their last seven Championship fixtures, and the Robins have drawn their last two home games. Bristol City have failed to pick up a win in any of their last four played at Ashton Gate. Overall this season, the Robins have a W7 D7 L6 record on the board at home. From their home campaign in the Championship this season, Bristol City have come up with an average of 1.2 goals per home fixture.
Across the course of the season on home soil, they have produced an average of 1.2 goals per home game. They have taken a clean sheet in 20% of their fixtures, but are without one in any of their last five. Only three times have the Robins been behind at the half-time break in a home fixture. 75% of the goals that they have scored at home this season have come after the half-time break. There are just two sides currently in the division who have better defensive records than what Bristol City have managed. The Robins have scored in all but one of their last 11 home fixtures.
West Brom were 4-2 home winners over Bristol City this season
The Baggies have won the last two meetings
Bristol City have won one of their last four at home against West Brom
Both teams have scored in eight of the last nine meetings
West Brom took a surprise hit on the weekend as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Millwall. They had a good stretch of form going before that, going undefeated in four. They were on a three-match winning streak in the Championship before the weekend’s defeat at the Den. West Brom have produced a W11 D3 L6 away record in the second tier this season. They have averaged 1.5 goals per away game as well on their travels. Their recent away form has been pretty good with five wins in their last seven played. However they have lost two of their last three and in those two defeats, West Brom failed to score.
The Baggies have claimed a clean sheet in a quarter of their away fixtures, while 8 of their 11 away wins have been by just the one-goal margin. The half-time record that West Brom have taken on their travels this season is W6 D10 L4. Albion have scored 64% of their away goals after the half-time break and they have not been involved in a draw in any of their last 14 away from the Hawthorns. Norwich are the only side to have outscored West Brom in the Championship this season and Norwich are the only side with better away record than that of West Brom too.
West Brom can have a good run at the three points out of this trip to Ashton Gate. They have been in pretty good shape on the road recently, even though they had that slip up on the weekend at Millwall. Bristol City haven’t done a lot of winning recently, so away win.
8th April 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting
Boro slipped up again on the weekend, taking another loss, their fourth in a row. This was a costly one as well as it saw them slip out of the playoff places. They badly need to arrest this slump in form. They won’t get an easy game though as Bristol City come for a visit after having taken a great win at Sheffield United on the weekend. Read our Middlesbrough v Bristol City betting tips for more.
Bristol City 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 31st, 2019 at 7:33 p.m.)
So things are falling apart for Middlesbrough now. It is a four-match losing streak that they are on in the league, going winless in five after a home defeat against league leaders Norwich on the weekend. This has happened at a bad time for them as the race for the playoff spots is so congested. This season at the Riverside Boro are W7 D6 L6 and they are currently on a three-match losing streak there. They have managed just one win in their last six league home games now. Even though they have taken a clean sheet in 47% of their home fixtures, their scoring hasn’t been high, averaging exactly one goal per game.
Just 21% of games at the Riverside this season have gone over 2.5 goals. Boro have conceded an average of just 0.8 goals per home game, but have conceded five in their last three there. What do they have in them, because the wind has been knocked out of their sails? Boro have been leading at the halftime break in 8 of their 19 home games this season, despite them having scored 63% of their home goals in the first half of matches. They do boast the best defensive record in the second tier this season, but that’s not helping them at the moment.
Middlesbrough were 2-0 winners at Ashton Gate in August
Things are even at two wins each of their last four meetings
Both teams have scored in two of the last six meetings
Bristol City are W2 D1 L1 in their last four visits to the Riverside
Bristol City hall themselves out of a five-match winless streak of Championship form on the weekend. They earned a fantastic 3-2 way win at Sheffield United who are in the mix for automatic promotion. That was just the result that the Robins needed, so now, can they build on that as they are still in the hunt for a playoff place? This season the Robins have taken a W9 D4 L5 away record in the second tier. Bristol City have averaged 1.4 goals per away game, conceding 1.2 goals per road fixture.
Only 39% of their away games have gone over 2.5 goals as they have earned a clean sheet in 44% of their road games. Of their nine away wins this season, seven of them have been by a one-goal margin. The Robins have been level at the break in 11 of their 18 away games. Bristol City are on a nine-match scoring streak at the moment away from home, but haven’t managed a clean sheet in any of their last seven, home and away. 65% of their away goals have been scored in the second half of matches and the Robins have opened the scoring in exactly half of their away games. Only Middlesbrough and Sheffield United have better defensive records than the Robins.
Boro need to stop the rot quickly. This becomes such an important game for them and it won’t be easy against the Robins who had that wonderful result on the weekend. But it’s a quick return to action and the draw in the match outright has the most appeal. Neither have been doing much winning lately and there are two good defences competing here.
31st March 2019 / lee - Category: Championship Betting