Birmingham City v Middlesbrough Preview

April 28, 2016 | By

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English Championship action Friday night comes from St Andrew’s Stadium and features Birmingham City versus Middlesbrough.

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 Middlesbrough Preview, Championship, Friday 29th April 2016

Birmingham City head into this game having had a disappointing season and with no hopes of obtaining one of the end of season play off promotion places, they really have nothing to play for in this game on Friday night and I would be surprised to see the stadium half full for this match.

Middlesbrough on the other hand head into this game with the title well within their sights and having dropped 4pts from their last two matches played, this game on Friday night is a must win situation if they are to keep hopes alive.

Birmingham City Team News :

The hosts will be without the services of goal keeper Tomasz Kuszczak for this one as the player is recovering from a broken nose,  Jacques Maghoma and Jon Toral who have ankle and hamstring injuries respectively are also unavailable and Paul Caddis is a major doubt and will under take a late fitness test to see if he can play.

Middlesbrough Team News :

The visitors have no fresh injuries or suspensions to contend with for this game and I would probably expect manager Aitor Karanka to probably sacrifice Gaston Ramirez in favour of David Nugent, so that he has two strikers leading the attack up front for this one in what is a must win game for Middlesbrough.

Birmingham City v Middlesbrough Head to Head Statistics:

Friday night’s game from St Andrew’s stadium will become the 80th meeting between the two clubs over the years, of which Birmingham City have won 29 times with 21 of those victories having came with home advantage, where as Middlesbrough have won 29 tmes with just 7 of those victories having came at St Andrew’s stadium.

As we can see from our head to head to head statistics table shown below, recent meetings between the two clubs shows Middlesbrough with a clear advantage having won two compared to Birmingham City having won none and the remaining three matches having finished all square.

12/12/15 CHA Middlesbrough – Birmingham City
0 : 0
18/02/15 CHA Birmingham City – Middlesbrough
1 : 1
09/08/14 CHA Middlesbrough – Birmingham City 2 : 0
08/04/14 CHA Middlesbrough – Birmingham City
3 : 1
07/12/13 CHA Birmingham City – Middlesbrough
2 : 2

Previous Average Goals Per Game Statistics

219 Goals have been scored in the previous 79 meetings between the two clubs and this provides us with an overall average goals per game statistic of 2.77.

115 of those Goals have came in the 39 previous matches played at St Andrew’s Stadium and this generates us an average goal scoring statistic of 2.95.

Based on both sets of data shown above this match should see at least a couple of goals scored on Friday night and betting markets like Both Teams to Score YES and Total Goals 2 or 3 look the value plays here.

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

Birmingham City: W L L D D

Middlesbrough: W W W D D

Middlesbrough have a clear advantage on the recent form statistics having managed three wins and two draws in their previous five matches played, compared to Birmingham City who have won one, drawn two and lost two of their previous five matches played.

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Birmingham City v Middlesbrough Match Betting Odds Market

Birmingham City head into this game with nothing to play for as their season is well and truly over and so no real shock to see the hots priced up at current best odds of 6/1 with Bet365 – Receive £200 Matched Bonus Bets when Registering a New Account, to win this game on Friday night.

The Draw is a current a best price of 16/5 with BetFred – Bet £10 & Receive £30 Free Bets for New Customers Registering an Account and has happened three times in the last five meetings played between the two clubs. However, the hosts don’t have anything to play for here and with Middlesbrough desperate for a victory to keep their title hopes alive, it would surprise me to see this game finish all square.

Middlesbrough are unbeaten in their last five matches played and a win in this match would certainly pile the pressure on Burnley City who play on Saturday afternoon and for me the visitors look good value at their current best odds of 4/7 with BetVictor – Receive £50 Free Bets when Registering a New Account.

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

Middlesbrough look the clear choice here, as not only do they have the championship league title within their grasp, they also have a good record against Birmingham City in recent season’s and with the hosts probably more interested in where to book their summer holiday too, this surely has to be a Boro win on Friday night.

The odds of Middlesbrough winning this game are not huge by any means and I wouldn’t expect them to be as having remained unbeaten in their last eight matches they are certainly the form team in this match and I am expecting the visitors to get the job done.

Onto some predictions then and my Banker Free Tip for this game is going to be for Middlesbrough to Win as they must win this game to ensure they remain in the title race and with their host’s season already over, they are unlikely to come up against much resistance as a result.

My First Goalscorer Free Tip is going to be for Middlesbrough striker David Nugent to score the first goal of the game as he is currently his clubs top goalscorer this season and does have five first goals to his name, so he looks good value here.

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