Brentford

V

Griffin Park

20/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

Birmingham City

V

Griffin Park

20/02/2018 | 7:45 pm

In a sentence: Brentford host Birmingham at Griffin Park on Tuesday, with the two teams fighting towards very different goals as the season heads towards the run-in.

Last time: A 74th minute penalty from Bees forward Ollie Watkins broke the deadlock when the teams met at St Andrew’s at the start of November, before Neal Maupay secured a 2-0 win for the visitors 10 minutes later.

This time: Brentford are 8/11 for the win, while Birmingham are 5/1 and the draw is 3/1.

You might remember: A last gasp equaliser from Kevin Phillips forcing extra-time when the teams played each other in the League Cup in 2010. After no further goals, Birmingham went on to win the penalty shootout 4-3.

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Betting Tips & Predictions

Brentford take on struggling Birmingham at Griffin Park in this midweek Championship fixture

Brentford are still optimistically looking up the Championship table towards the play-off places, while Birmingham’s gaze is firmly fixed over their shoulders. The result of this game could have a major bearing on how the rest of the season pans out for both clubs.

Brentford are 8/11 favourites to record their third straight win over Birmingham, after winning the last two meetings at St Andrew’s. With six points the difference to sixth placed Bristol City, the Bees still have an outside chance of reaching the play-off lottery. They need to win games like this though if they’re to have any chance of closing the gap.

Birmingham are 5/1 to stop the rot of three straight losses, which includes an extra-time defeat at home to Huddersfield in the FA Cup. The Blues had been in decent form before that cup tie, winning five in eight in all competitions, and Steve Cotterill needs to get that confidence back in his players. The visitors are currently just two points from the drop zone, having played a game more than 22nd placed Barnsley.

The draw is 3/1 and would perhaps be more valuable to the visitors considering the predicaments of both sides. Brentford drew their last home game against Preston, while Birmingham’s last Championship stalemate was a month ago away at Deepdale. Both of those games finished 1-1, and that scoreline is priced at 7/1 for this midweek fixture.

Scorer of the second goal at St Andrew’s earlier this season Maupay is the 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock in this one. The man who got the first goal in November, Watkins, is 13/2 for the same bet, while the two players are priced at 15/8 and 5/2 respectively to score in a Brentford win.

On-loan striker Sam Gallagher is Birmingham’s top scorer with six goals in the Championship so far this term. He’s 8/1 to open the scoring at Griffin Park, and the same price to get on the scoresheet in an away win.

Match Summary

1

Look out for:

History repeating. Brentford beat Birmingham 2-0 earlier in the campaign, and also won 2-0 at Sunderland on Saturday. The Bees are 7/1 to win by the same margin in this one.

2

We fancy:

Brentford to win to nil at 15/8. Birmingham have scored just 22 goals in their 32 Championship fixture so far this term, so this could be a good way to get some more value out of the home win.

3

It’s a long shot, but:

Birmingham to win with over 2.5 goals in the game and both teams having over 3.5 corners and 1.5 cards is 35/1. If the visitors play like their Championship lives depend on the win, then this game could be a lively one.

Written by Oli Coates

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