Birmingham City v Derby County Preview

August 20, 2015 | By

BetVictor £50 Free BetsEnglish Championship action Friday night comes from St Andrews Stadium and features Birmingham City versus Derby County.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game which can be seen Live on Sky Sports 1 High Definition with a scheduled 19:45pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Birmingham City v Derby County Preview, Championship, Friday 21st August 2015

Birmingham City have started their new campaign with a win and draw after two matches played and currently occupy 9th position in the Championship league table and the players and fans will be confident of adding further points to their tally on Friday night in front of the Sky Sports Camera’s.

A 2-1 victory at home against Reading on the opening day of the season was followed last weekend with a 2-2 draw away against Burnley, midfielder John Toral scored in both of those matches and the young 20 year old Spanish born player will no doubt be looking to keep that good run going against Derby County.

Derby County have drawn all three of their opening matches of their new campaign and currently occupy 16th position in the league table. A 0-0 draw away against Bolton Wanderers was followed by two 1-1 draws at home against Charlton and Middlesbrough and with both sides currently unbeaten so far this season we do look to be in for a very tight game come Friday night.

Birmingham City Team News:

The hosts have a full squad available for this game and manager Gary Rowett looks likely to stick with the same starting eleven that played against Burnley last weekend.

Derby County Team News:

The visitors look likely to be without both Hanson and Hendrick for this game as both players had to come in the first half against Middlesbrough on Tuesday night. Cyrus Christie should be included having missed out midweek and both Chris Baird and Ryan Shotton look likely to start in midfield.

Birmingham City v Derby County Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s game from St Andrews Stadium will become the 75th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Birmingham City have won 27 with 21 of those having came with home advantage where as Derby County have managed 24 victories, with just 8 of those having came away from home.

07/03/15 CHA Derby County – Birmingham City 2 : 2
26/12/14 CHA Birmingham City – Derby County
0 : 4
01/02/14 CHA Birmingha City – Derby County
3 : 3
26/10/13 CHA Derby County – Birmingham City 1 : 1
09/03/13 CHA Birmingham City – Derby County 3 : 1

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

220 Goals have been scored in the previous 74 meetings between the two clubs and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.97.

115 of those Goals have came in the 36 previous matches played at St Andrews Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic of 3.19.

Based on both sets of data shown above, it does seem to indicate that this game should see a minimum of at least two or three goals scored and betting markets like Both Teams to Score, Total Match Goals 2 or 3 and Over 2.5 Goals all look places to concentrate on for this game.

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Birmingham City v Derby County Recent Form All Competitions (Left to Right)

Birmingham City: L L W W D

Derby County: W D L D D

Birmingham City have a slight advantage over their visitors as they have managed 2 wins, 2 defeats and 1 draw in their previous five matches played.

Derby County have record 1 win, 3 draws and 1 defeat in their five previous matches played.

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Birmingham City v Derby County Match Betting Odds Market

Birmingham City are currently a best price available of 21/10 with BetFred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets For New Customers to win this game on Friday night in front of their home fans, which does look good value considering they are unbeaten after two matches played.

The Draw has happened three times in the previous five meetings between the two clubs over recent seasons and does look a very possible outcome here and is a current best price of 12/5 with Ladbrokes – Receive £50 Free Bets for New Customers.

Derby County are still waiting for their first win of the new season, but the bookmakers believe that this game could be it as they currently have the visitors priced up as the slight favourites to win this match at 31/20 with BetVictor – Receive £50 Free Bets for New Customers.

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Birmingham City v Derby County Match Predictions, Banker Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets

From all the statistics we have mentioned earlier in this post, it does seem likely that this game could finish up all square on Friday night as with both sides having yet to record a defeat this season and having battled out three draws in their last five meetings, the draw does seem to be the value play here.

Birmingham City do have home advantage though and have enjoyed a good record against Derby County when playing in front of their home fans at St Andrews Stadium so their chances of winning this game can obviously not be ignored.

However, Derby County will have received a massive boost midweek by holding bookmakers league favourites Middlesbrough to a 1-1 draw at home and I fully expect Derby County to make this a very difficult game for Birmingham City on Friday night.

As such my Banker Free Tip Prediction is going to be for Both Teams to Score as the current average goals per game statistics when both teams play each other at St Andrews Stadium is extremely high indeed.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip is going to be for Birmingham City’s midfielder Jon Toral who is on loan from Arsenal to continue his good form in front of goal this season and score the first goal of this match.

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