Birmingham Move to Eight Games Without a Win in Championship
Alongside being a relatively poor start to the season for Birmingham City, it has also been a remarkable one for them. They have played eight games and are yet to win one, which is the poor part, but they have managed to put together six draws in those games, a remarkable stat. While those draws have given them six points and kept them out of the relegation zone for now, Birmingham simply have to improve and put some wins on the board otherwise this is going to be a very long season for them and one that will end in a relegation scrap.
What Garry Monk has done at the club is make them very hard to beat. They like to frustrate teams and keep things tight at the back, and if there is one weakness it is that they don't have a striker on the pitch who can score when he is just getting the odd chance. They have conceded seven goals in their opening eight games which will really please Monk but a stat that won't please him is the fact that they have scored just five goals, a number that is far smaller than it should be.
What Birmingham have to do going forward is play a little more expansive and hope that they can keep things tight at the back still, while also getting an extra body or two up the field and into dangerous attacking positions. Had they found a striker who only really needs one chance to score a goal then they could have continued their current style, but this isn't working anymore. It will more than likely cost them goals at the back, but Birmingham need to offer more going forward, so defensive play to a certain extent will have to be sacrificed.
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Just when Birmingham could do with a winnable home game to finally get on the board, they have to travel away to the league leaders Leeds United. The Whites have started this season very well, and they do like to play expansive, attacking football so they are going to really test the Birmingham back line. It is no surprise to see Leeds installed as favourties for the tie, they are priced up at 50/63 to win the game, with Birmingham 7/2 to record their first victory of the season and the draw priced up at 5/2.