Birmingham City

V

St Andrew's

24/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

Barnsley

V

St Andrew's

24/02/2018 | 3:00 pm

In a sentence:  Life is tough near the bottom of the Championship as both Birmingham and Barnsley are finding out. Just two points separates both sides in the league with the hosts 20th and the visitors 23rd in the table. A true relegation six-pointer is set to ensue in an edgy affair.

Last time: The Tykes have fond memories of travelling St Andrews after coming away with a 3-0 win in their last trip to Birmingham in December 2016. A David Davis red card did little to help the Blues cause as Barnsley’s Sam Winnall scored a brace to send the Yorkshire side home happy.

This time: Birmingham City are 11/10 to win with Barnsley at 5/2 and the draw 23/10

You might remember: It was a September to remember for Barnsley in 2012 thanks to four goals from Craig Davis set the Tykes up for a thumping 5-0 away win. The win was crucial as Barnsley survived the drop by just one point.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Three straight Championship defeats has left Birmingham City in trouble

Barnsley’s enforced change in manager since former head coach Paul Heckingbottom left for Leeds has as yet failed to work out. The Tykes are deep in the relegation mire but a win away at Birmingham will see them leap-frog their opponents. That is how tight the Championship is with possible survival riding on this game for both sides.

Birmingham City are 11/10 to win and of the two teams, they at least have had some success within their last six matches. However, you do have to go back to January the 30th for their last home win in all competitions but with six home wins all season, the prospect of a seventh, looks like it could be on the cards.

Barnsley are 5/2 to win and it is hard seeing that getting much action. The Tykes have won only three times on the road in fifteen attempts collecting just 13 points in the process meaning the Yorkshire sides prospects of picking up another maximum appear quite slim.

The draw is 23/10 and that is a tempting prospect. The draw will suit the home side more, but both will have eyes on this game as a match they should look at winning. There have however, been two draws in the last four meetings between the two and a share of the spoils once more would not be a huge shock.

Both teams to score is 1/1 and remarkably, Barnsley have only failed to find the back of the net against Birmingham twice in the last ten meetings home and away. It is the Blues that may be cause for this bet not to come off with just 11 goals at home all season. But at home against a team below them, expect Cotterill to make sure they threaten the net at least once.

Two or three goals in the game is 20/21 and that is a great way to go. We have already highlighted why we think both teams will score then even if a third goal is scored, we are protected with this bet.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

A first half strike. You have to go all the way back to September 2012 for the last time there was not a first half goal between the two.

That is six games ago and at 1/2 for there to be over 0.5 goals in the first half is a real steal.

2

We fancy:

The score draw is 4/1 and you sense that neither side will be overly disheartened if that is to be the case.

The last four draws between the two have also been score draws and this promises to be no different with nerves on the line.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

The last time Barnsley came to town they ran away 3-0 winners and for that to happen again is 40/1.

Admittedly it is unlikely, but Birmingham’s disciplinary record could work against them and allow Barnsley a valuable big win.

Written by Ian Waterhouse

Ian Waterhouse is a sports, fitness and betting writer with extensive experience in all sectors of the gambling industry. When he’s not trawling through the odds, you’ll probably find Ian on the golf course – probably the bunker!