Birmingham City vs Brentford Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Birmingham City vs Brentford Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Wednesday evening fixture (19:45) features two sides in the bottom seven of the Championship. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Birmingham were in action on Sunday and they battled out a 0-0 home draw with local rivals Aston Villa. The expected goals data shows that the two sides were evenly matched although Villa came closest to scoring having hit the woodwork twice. Brentford continued their recent good form with a useful road win at Preston coming out on top 3-2. Nico Yennaris netted for the second successive game while Romaine Sawyers and Ollie Watkins also grabbed a goal to secure three important points. The away side won both meetings last season with the game at St Andrew’s being won 3-1 by the Bees and the game at Griffin Park 2-1 by the Blues. Six of their last seven meetings have seen a goal netted in the final 15 minutes.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Bookmakers are having trouble splitting the pair with the visitors marginal favourites. Brentford have picked up in recent weeks and a run of seven points from three games on the road is impressive considering their opponents were Preston, Middlesbrough and Bolton. Birmingham though will be buoyed that they held Villa at bay at the weekend and are tough to break so this looks a game not to get involved in the match markets. Under 2.5 goals is the outsider of two here and given that the Blues last three home fixtures have produced a total of two goals I think this looks worth an interest. Brentford are scoring on their travels but they will not have the open space here. Nico Yennaris has two in the last two and is still going off at double-figure odds to be the first goalscorer and this looks each-way value with this paying out if he gets a goal at any point in the match.

Under 2.5 goals in this game
Nico Yennaris first goalscorer, each-way unlimited places

Birmingham City saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 9 games played against Brentford

Brentford saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played

Brentford saw over 1.5 goals in 8 out of their last 9 games played against Birmingham City

AVG Goals

1.3

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Birmingham City Form Guide

Birmingham City Team Logo

Birmingham City

Won

2

Draw

4

Lost

4
L A

12-07-2018

Club Friendlies

FK Akhmat Team Logo FK Akhmat

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Ulm Team Logo Ulm

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

20-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Doncaster Rovers Team Logo Doncaster Rovers

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Cheltenham Town Team Logo Cheltenham Town

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

L H

27-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Las Palmas Team Logo Las Palmas

FT 1 - 4

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Brighton & Hove Albion Team Logo Brighton & Hove Albion

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

04-08-2018

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 0)

L A

11-08-2018

Championship

Middlesbrough Team Logo Middlesbrough

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

D H

17-08-2018

Championship

Swansea City Team Logo Swansea City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Brentford Form Guide

Brentford Team Logo

Brentford

Won

6

Draw

2

Lost

2
D H

06-05-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W A

06-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Boreham Wood Team Logo Boreham Wood

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Karlsruher SC Team Logo Karlsruher SC

FT 2 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

17-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Wycombe Wanderers Team Logo Wycombe Wanderers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Shrewsbury Town Team Logo Shrewsbury Town

FT 2 - 3

(HT 1 - 2)

L H

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Watford Team Logo Watford

FT 1 - 2

(HT 1 - 2)

W H

04-08-2018

Championship

Rotherham United Team Logo Rotherham United

FT 5 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

D A

11-08-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

W A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Southend United Team Logo Southend United

FT 2 - 4

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

19-08-2018

Championship

Sheffield Wednesday Team Logo Sheffield Wednesday

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

Birmingham City Preview

It has been a mixed set of results for the Blues since Steve Cotterill took over as manager with a victory over Cardiff, a draw with Aston Villa and a defeat at Millwall. This marks the start of a four-game run that does not feature an opponent currently in the top ten. At St Andrew’s, they have played seven times with three victories, two draws and two defeats. They have kept clean sheets in each of their last three while netting just two goals and taking seven points. A lack of goals has been an issue for Birmingham this season with their tally of eight the joint second lowest in the division. Just ten of the 29 goals netted in their games has come in the opening half.

Birmingham City Team News

David Stockdale (broken wrist) and Jason Lowe (hamstring) are close to returns while Carl Jenkinson (dislocated shoulder), Isaac Vassell (knee) and Emilio Nsue (unknown) are doubts.

Brentford Preview

It is now seven unbeaten for the Bees in the league and 13 points from a possible 21 available. They are beginning to climb the table though two of their next three are against sides currently in the top six. Away from Griffin Park, they have taken seven points from their last three games on their travels having taken just one from their first three. They have netted nine times in their last four on the road while shipping six times. They have scored exactly 20 goals and conceded exactly 20 which puts them in the top third of attacking teams and the bottom third defensively. 65% of the goals Brentford have scored have come in the second-half and 30% in the final 15 minutes.

Brentford Team News

Lewis MacLeod (knee) is closing in a return while Rico Henry (knee) and Alan Judge (leg) are long-term absentees.

Birmingham City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.9

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Brentford Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2.1

BTTS

Over 0.5

Over 1.5

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

BTTS+Win

BTTS+Draw

BTTS+Lose

Cleansheets

H/T Win

Won to Nil

Birmingham City vs Brentford Sidelined Players

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