Birmingham City welcome Middlesbrough to St Andrew’s for Saturday’s Championship kick-off. Garry Monk’s side have remained unbeaten since mid-December but their tendency to draw games sees them four points behind the playoff places. Middlesbrough, meanwhile, have gone through a mixed run of form with a couple of defeats in the same period but they are still in the top six with a four-point advantage over seventh-placed Nottingham Forest. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Birmingham managed a 1-1 draw against Sheffield Wednesday in their first league game of 2019. The Blues were ousted from the FA Cup after a 2-0 defeat on the road to West Ham United.
Middlesbrough managed a 1-1 draw in their most recent league meeting against Derby County on New Year’s Day. Boro managed to progress to the FA Cup fourth round after a comfortable 5-0 triumph over Peterborough United.
Birmingham’s last meeting against Middlesbrough was at the Riverside Stadium in August 2018 when the latter on by a 1-0 scoreline. The previous encounter at St Andrew’s saw Middlesbrough come up triumphs by the same score. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.00[/bet_tip_now]
Middlesbrough are given a price of 2.87 for the win while Birmingham are backed at 2.70 for the same result. Boro have not played to the best of their abilities in recent months but they have still fared impressively on the road with just one defeat since October. Nonetheless, a draw appears the likelier result with Boro unlikely to exhibit their dominance with their average scoring record. Our preview fancies a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.00[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham City win odds: 2.70
Middlesbrough win odds: 2.87
Correct Score odds
Birmingham have netted eight goals in the past five matches at St Andrew’s and they should fancy finding the scoresheet against Middlesbrough, who have kept just one clean sheet in the last five games on the road. Boro come into the clash having scored at least once in the previous five away trips. Our correct score prediction would back a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 5.75[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Birmingham have improved defensively as the season has progressed and they have witnessed under three goals in the past three matches. A similar outcome should be witnessed this weekend, given they will be up against Middlesbrough, who possess the league’s best defence without overly impressing with their scoring prowess. Our total goals prediction fancies less than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals under 2.5 at 1.50[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Che Adams has been hugely influential towards Birmingham’s form this term and he has netted 12 goals in the Championship including three in the past five matches. The 22-year-old has showcased a keen eye for goal this campaign with 68% of his shots being on target. Our first goalscorer prediction would back Adams.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Che Adams at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
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