Birmingham City

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St Andrew's

30/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

Sunderland

V

St Andrew's

30/01/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Birmingham City host Sunderland in the Sky Bet Championship tomorrow night in a bottom-of-the-table clash at St Andrews.

Last time: the points were shared the last time these two met, when the scores finished 1-1 at the Stadium of Light last month.

This time: Birmingham are favourites at 5/4, the draw at 11/5 and a Sunderland away win priced out at 3/1.

You might remember: the last time these two played against each other at St Andrews was back in 2011, when the Blue won 2-0 in the Premier League thanks to goals from Seb Larsson and Craig Gardener.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Chris Coleman hasn’t been able to lift Sunderland out of the bottom three

This relegation battle between Birmingham and Sunderland has a real “six-pointer” feel to it, given the sides are sitting in the relegation zone with just a point separating the two. Both teams know that a win will take them out of the relegation places and will be a big step in their fight to stay in the Championship.

At 5/4 the bookies make the Blues the favourites in this one. They have lost just once in their last six games and held Premier League Huddersfield to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup at the weekend, which stands them in good stead ahead of this crucial match.

As for the away side, they have won just two of their last six games and at 3/1 the bookies make them underdogs in a game they can ill-afford to lose. They have been beaten to nil in all four of their previous four defeats and BTTS-No has occurred six games in a row of late for Sunderland and with odds of 31/40, it could be a good way to go in this match. Birmingham have also seen BTTS-No in five of their last six Championship games.

The Blues’ goal scoring record is the worst in the league, managing just 16 in total and that is an area which will encourage Sunderland. However, the Blackcats have scored just two goals in their last six games, which points towards the under 2.5 market for this one.

Under 2.5 goals has resulted in four of Sunderland’s previous six games and has also occurred in five of Birmingham’s last six also. Odds of 59/100 are available for under 2.5 which shows that the bookies are expecting a further lack of goals in this game.

Neither manager will want to lose such a crucial game and if results go their way, a point could lift them out of the relegation zone, which is why the draw is also a good bet at the price. 11/5 odds are available and with both sides struggling for goals of late, the 0-0 correct score at 7/1 looks good value.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

The draw at 11/5 is hard to ignore given that both managers will be desperate not to lose this game. Neither team have been scoring many goals and defences will more than likely cancel one-another out.

2

We fancy:

BTTS-No at 31/40. Birmingham have seen BTTS-No occur in all but one of their last six, whilst all six of Sunderland’s last six have seen BTTS-No.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Sunderland to win, BTTS at 41/5. 16 of the Blackcats’ 28 Championship games have seen BTTS and after their big win against Hull in their last outing, confidence will be high. They don’t keep many clean sheets but they could pinch this one with BTTS.

Written by Marcello Cossali-Francis

Marcello Cossali-Francis considers sport, particularly football and rugby, to be an essential part of life. A half-Italian half-Welsh Liverpool and Juventus fan, Marcello enjoys every high and every low that sport brings.