Birmingham City are hoping to avoid yet another frustrating campaign when they take on Norwich City at the St Andrew’s Stadium. Norwich come on the back of their worst Championship campaign since 2008-09. Daniel Farke has not been able to reinvest most of the transfer fee received from the sale of James Madison and Josh Murphy. The upcoming campaign promises to be a struggle for Norwich. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Birmingham had an indifferent set of results in pre-season. Despite managing wins over Doncaster and Cheltenham Town, the team lost against Las Palmas. Manager Garry Monk has become frustrated with the club’s transfer activity and there is a danger of his uncertainty transferring to the players.
Norwich City are still not done with their transfer business according to manager Daniel Farke. Some key additions are necessary in order to step up Norwich’s form, which has looked rather weak in pre-season.
Norwich and Birmingham last faced each other back in December 2017 at the St Andrew’s and the visitors were able to come away with a 2-0 win. Our betting tips and prediction expect a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham are at a price of 2.37 while Norwich are slightly higher at 2.87. Yet, both these options do not makes sense considering that these two teams have been quite inconsistent coming into the new campaign. Both managers are still not 100% satisfied ahead of the new campaign and this fixture is no stranger to encountering stalemates. Birmingham concluded last season with a remarkable home run – four wins and a draw in the last five. Meanwhile, Norwich’s last away victory in the Championship came in January against Brentford. Still, they have been able to get several away draws since then. Our preview would go with a draw in this game.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.40[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham City win odds: 2.37
Norwich City win odds: 2.87
Correct Score odds
These are two teams that struggled quite a lot in terms of scoring goals last season. Birmingham and Norwich averaged less than a goal per game in home and away games respectively last season. Even though both teams have undergone substantial changes, Birmingham City are unlikely to be in a strong position in terms of scoring goals. Our correct score prediction expect a 1-1 draw, which is priced at 6.50.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.50[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The only meeting between Norwich and Birmingham that produced more than 2.5 goals occurred back in August 2016. This is the only game in the last five meetings to produce over 2.5 goals and it is not a surprise considering the struggles that both teams have been through in recent years.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Under 2.5 goals at 1.70[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jordan Rhodes is likely to be in contention for the game after receiving a major boost in his attempts to recover from the ankle injury. The Sheffield Wednesday striker, who is on loan at Norwich, is undoubtedly one of the best prospects to open the scoring. His record against Birmingham stands at six goals in 10 games.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jordan Rhodes at 7.00[/bet_tip_now]
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