Birmingham City are at St Andrew’s for the weekend’s Championship clash against Preston North End. Garry Monk’s side ended November on a bright note after picking up a much-needed win after four matches and this sees them within four points off the playoffs. Preston, meanwhile, have remained unbeaten since October and their run has helped them jump above the drop with a five-point difference. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Birmingham ended a three-match winless in midweek after securing a 2-0 win over Millwall on the road. The victory was their first on their travels after three attempts with the other two ending in defeats.
Preston, though, saw a two-match winning streak cease after playing out a 1-1 draw against Middlesbrough at the Den. The visitors have secured the same scoreline in four of their previous seven matches.
Birmingham’s last meeting against Preston was at the Den earlier in the year and it finished with a 1-1 scoreline. The last encounter at St Andrew’s saw Preston come up triumphs with a 3-1 win. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Preston are priced at 3.10 for the three points while Birmingham are 2.50 for the same outcome. Birmingham have excelled in their home patch where they have yet to succumb to a league defeat but they are up against a Preston side, who have revived their fortunes since October. Moreover, the visitors have vastly improved on the defensive facet of their game, though this may not offer them a clear advantage on the road. Our preview is to go for a draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.25[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham City win odds: 2.50
Preston North End win odds: 3.10
Correct Score odds
Preston have been the dominant side against Birmingham since their Championship return in 2015 but the latter have managed to secure four draws from the previous six meetings. We are anticipating another stalemate for the weekend with neither side keeping regular clean sheets. Our correct score prediction fancies a 1-1 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]1-1 draw at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
The fixture has generally produced plenty of goals and this has resulted from both teams scoring in each of the previous seven meetings. This trend should continue on Saturday but the teams could have a much tighter affair with Preston’s improved defensive record seeing them concede just four times in the previous five matches. Our total goals prediction would back 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 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Lukas Jutkiewicz has been in a purple patch for Birmingham since late September and he has averaged nearly one game per game in this period. He has also impressed with more than 60 percent of his attempts on target and has a good chance of scoring his maiden goal against Preston this weekend. Our first goalscorer prediction fancies Jutkiewicz to open the scoring.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Lukas Jutkiewicz at 5.50[/bet_tip_now]
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