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20/01/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Deepdale V Predicted Score:1 - 1

Away Birmingham City

Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Cards. In the last six meetings between the two four red cards have been shown and a whopping 34 yellow cards. Despite no obvious rivalry, on the pitch at least tempers are often flared. This makes the price for a penalty to be awarded at 7/2 a tempting prospect as neither side poorly times tackles are a common occurrence between the two.

2 We fancy:

Both teams to score and the match result to be a draw is at 4/1 and is the most viable value bet available. We have already mentioned Preston as the league draw specialists and a point will represent a decent afternoons work for the boys in blue.

3 It's a long shot, but…

Preston to repeat their earlier season 3-1 win at St Andrews is at 16/1. Technically with home advantage is should be an easier achievement. Although the draw looks the likeliest of outcomes, if anyone does go on to win it, then that side is most likely to be Preston and on their day can put anyone to the sword on home soil.

Team News

Preston North End's Last Six:

Preston North End’s last Six Games: Won: 2 Drawn: 3 Lost: 1

Head Coach Alex Neil will be wary of Jordan Hugill and Ben Pearson’s disciplinary recorded after Hugill picked up his eighth booking of the season in the draw with Millwall whilst Pearson picked up his ninth. As soon as ten are reached a two-game suspension is incurred with the football league amnesty not until March.

Birmingham City's Last Six:

Birmingham City: Last six games: Won: 3 Drawn: 0 Lost: 3

Blues boss Steve Cotterill has an almost fully fit side to select from with right-back Carl Jenkinson the only absentee through a continued shoulder injury.

Preston North End vs Birmingham City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Birmingham City find themselves second bottom but won their last league away game, at Reading

No doubt about it, the Blues are in desperate need of points and will eye this game as potential three-pointer after seeing something of a resurgence under Steve Cotterill having recently recorded back to wins. Preston manager Alex Neil has built on the solid reputation the club formed under Simon Grayson and a surge to the playoffs is not out of the equation. An intriguing tie is set to place which could define which way the second half of the campaigns go for both clubs.

Preston North End are 3/4 to win the match and that price is surely based on Birmingham’s terrible away form. The Blues have recorded just one win on the road all season and Preston will look to capitalise on that weakness. However, the Lilywhites sit fourteenth in the home league form table themselves with five wins and five draws and five defeats meaning Birmingham will believe there is a chance to get something out of the game.

Birmingham City are 4/1 to win and recent form suggests it maybe worth an outside bet. Birmingham have picked up seven points in their last five including those back to back wins. However, with only seven goals scored on the road this season, the Blues will need top scorers Sam Gallagher and Jacques Maghoma to start hitting the back of the net if they are to upset the odds.

The draw is 12/5 and looks like being one of the best bets to back. Preston have recorded more draws than anyone else in the Championship this season with 11 and they will be wary of Birmingham’s renewed vigour making for a tight game with neither side playing a high-line of attack.

Both teams to score is priced at 11/10 and that looks a likely occurrence. The last time both teams failed to score in this match was back in 2008 when Preston took a narrow 1-0 win. That was seven games ago between the pair and although neither side have rocketed the back of the net with regularity this season. At least in this game you can be assured at least a goal apiece.

Preston to hit the back of the net first is 8/15 and has happened in the last five matches between the two at Deepdale. In the last two Birmingham have been the next team to pounce proving they appear to come to life only once going a goal down.

Predicted Score: Preston North End 1 - 1 Birmingham City

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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!