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20/10/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Bet365 Stadium V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away Birmingham City

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Stoke have steadied themselves in recent weeks after a tough start, and they are unbeaten in their last three games.

That makes them a solid football prediction to pick up the win this weekend, with a home victory at 19/20 with bet365. 

19/20 Stoke to win
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2 We fancy:

Birmingham have also shown consistent form in recent weeks, and they will cause a few problems to the Stoke back line. 

Through Che Adams, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Jota they should have enough to score, and that is why a 2-1 Stoke, at 8/1 with Sky Bet, looks a good call as a football score prediction. 

8/1 Stoke to win 2-1
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3 It's a long shot, but…

The last meeting between these two sides was an entertaining 4-4 League Cup game in 2013, which included a red card for Birmingham’s Wade Elliott. 

Both sides have had players sent off already this season, and if you are looking for history to repeat itself in your weekend football predictions, then a red card to be shown in this game is at 13/2 with 188Bet. 

13/2 A red card to be shown
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One to Watch: Benik Afobe

Afobe is Stoke’s top scorer this season, and their Championship previews have to include him moving forward. 

Attention may be elsewhere on other Championship predictions this weekend, but with Afobe involved in this clash, it is worth keeping an eye on.

He is at 7/2 to score first with William Hill. 

7/2 Afobe to score first
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Team News

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Stoke's Last Six:
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Stoke manager Gary Rowett should have a fully-fit squad to pick from with no outstanding injuries. 

Birmingham City's Last Six:
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Birmingham will give a late fitness test to defender Michael Morrison, with Marc Roberts on standby. 

Stoke vs Birmingham City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

James McClean should start this game between Stoke and Birmingham

Stoke were amongst the early favourites to secure a promotion place this season, but their early season form has meant that Rowett has had to reevaluate in the short term.

The newly relegated side are still expected to be in the play-off shake up by the end of the season, but they are likely to be more solid than spectacular in their upcoming football bet tips and predictions in 2018-19. 

Birmingham remain a work in progress, as despite the attacking threat, Mowbray will be aware that they are not as defensively sound as he would like – with one clean sheet in their last five games in the Championship.

If you are looking for a Birmingham scorer option in your football betting tips for the weekend, Jutkiewicz is the option to go with as he is the Blues’ leading scorer, and at 14/5 to score anytime. 

Predicted Score: Stoke 2 - 1 Birmingham City

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Written by Feargal Brennan

Feargal Brennan is a long-suffering Everton fan who turned to European football for respite from the Toffees’ struggles. A frequent radio contributor, Feargal writes on football and betting and is an expert in how to cope when you support a forever frustrating football team.