Birmingham City are scheduled to face Stoke City at St Andrew’s in the Boxing Day fixture. Both Birmingham and Stoke are four points adrift of the top six and a victory on Wednesday for either side should enhance their prospects of closing down on the playoff positions. Follow all our predictions, odds, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Birmingham ended a two-match winless run on Saturday after they secured a comfortable 3-0 win on the road to Wigan. Che Adams was among the leading performers for the Bluebirds after netting his 10th goal of the Championship campaign.
Stoke, meanwhile, extended their unbeaten run to 10 matches after a 1-0 win over struggling Millwall at the Bet365 Stadium. Saido Berahino popped up with the match-defining goal after the hour mark.
The Bet365 Stadium witnessed the last meeting between the sides in October where Birmingham secured a 1-0 win. The last encounter at St Andrews’ was in the League Cup five years ago which finished 4-4 in added extra-time before Stoke prevailed on penalties. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a high-scoring draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.10[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham are backed at 2.90 to secure maximum points while Stoke are offered the same outcome at 2.60. Birmingham’s home form has been impressive this term and they come into the midweek fixture with just one league defeat since March. Stoke’s past three away trips have only provided a share of the spoils. Our preview does not see either side winning the game.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.10[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham City win odds: 2.90
Stoke City win odds: 2.60
Correct Score odds
Both Birmingham and Stoke have impressed in the scoring department since the last international break, and they have netted nine and 10 goals respectively in their last five matches. An open-sided contest could be on the cards and Stoke could pick up their first away league point at St Andrew’s since 1995. Our correct score prediction favours a 2-2 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]2-2 draw at 12.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Birmingham have barely kept clean sheets in their home turf of late and six of their previous seven matches at St Andrews’ witness at least three goals. This has been the trend with Stoke on their travels as they come off successive 2-2 draws at Aston Villa and Reading. Our total goals prediction fancies more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 2.10[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Che Adams has picked up his form over the festive period and he has netted three goals in the past four matches. The 22-year-old has opened the scoring on one occasion against Wigan and he has a good chance of repeating the feat against Stoke after bagging the club’s winner in the 1-0 triumph in October. 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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