Preston North End have the opportunity to propel into the playoff positions when they entertain Birmingham City at Deepdale this weekend. Alex Neil’s side have remained unbeaten since the defeat on New Year’s Day and their run has put them within two points off the top-six. Birmingham, however, are four points off their weekend counterparts amid their losing streak this month. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
Preston made it two wins on the trot after securing a 2-1 comeback triumph over Middlesbrough on the road. Preston benefited from a second-half red card for the hosts and bagged their sixth-straight away triumph.
Birmingham, meanwhile, succumbed to a third successive defeat in midweek where Millwall secured a 2-0 win over them. Ben Thompson starred for the visitors with a first-half brace, which ended a four-match losing run.
Preston’s recent meeting against Birmingham was at St Andrew’s Stadium in December which ended 3-0 in the favour of the latter. The last encounter at Deepdale ended in a 1-1 draw in January 2018. Our betting tips and predictions anticipate a home win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Preston North End win at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
Birmingham are priced at 3.80 for an away triumph but we are not predicting this result amid their recent scoring woes. Birmingham have gone three-straight games without finding the scoresheet and this is likely to make their challenge stiffer against Preston, who are on the up. The hosts have drawn most of their home games since the turn of the year, but they come into the weekend clash with momentum with back-to-back away triumphs. Our preview is to go with a Preston win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Preston North End win at 2.05[/bet_tip_now]
Preston North End and Birmingham City draw odds: 3.30
Birmingham City win odds: 3.80
Correct Score odds
Preston have not been overly impressive with their scoring prowess in the past five matches, but they have still performed better with seven goals compared to Birmingham’s three. Moreover, the visitors have failed to score in any of their past three games and this should give Preston the advantage, as they are unbeaten in 11 league matches with a 63% win ratio. Our correct score prediction favours a Preston 2-0 win.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]Preston North End 2-0 win at 9.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
Preston have made Deepdale a tough place to visit for opposition teams and this has resulted from an improved defensive showing. Just one of the past six home matches have produced more than two goals and another low-scoring contest could be on the cards with Birmingham goalless since the beginning of March. 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 1.72[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Jayden Stockley bagged the winning strike in the midweek win at Middlesbrough and the goal was only second since his winter move. The 25-year-old has been a regular off the bench in the past month or so, but he stands a good chance of returning to the line-up this weekend after a solid late cameo against Boro. Our first goalscorer prediction anticipates Stockley to find the breakthrough.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Jayden Stockley at 6.00[/bet_tip_now]
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