Birmingham City vs Derby County Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Birmingham City vs Derby County Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15:00) Championship fixture features added spice as it features Gary Rowett returning to the side who sacked him in December 2016. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats.

Birmingham beat Burton 1-0 in the FA Cup Third Round last time out thanks to a goal from Sam Gallagher. They also won their last league fixture beating Reading 2-0 at the Madejski with a goal each from Jacques Maghoma and Sam Gallagher. Derby were eliminated from the cup though they can hold the heads high as they made Man United work at Old Trafford before going down 2-0. In the league, they were held by Sheffield United at the iPro Stadium last time out in a game they had taken the lead in through a Matej Vydra penalty. The reverse fixture between these sides came on September 23 at Derby and the game ended in a 1-1 draw. Lukas Jutkiewicz put the Blues ahead only for Sam Winnall to draw the Rams level three minutes later and that was where the scoring ended.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Initially, I thought Derby looked a good price given they have won three of their last four on the road and on the road to a side who unfairly sacked Gary Rowett in December 2016. His being linked with the Stoke job after the sacking of Mark Hughes makes me wonder if the side will be distracted and as such I will swerve the match markets. None of the last four for the home side have seen both teams score and just one of the last four for the visitors so taking NO in the both teams to score market makes sense. Under 2.5 goals is quite short but when added together with NO in the both teams to score market that looks a nice double.

NO both teams to score market

NO both teams to score and Under 2.5 goals

Birmingham City saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Derby County

Derby County have conceeded only 4 goals in their last 10 games

Derby County saw over 1.5 goals in 9 out of their last 10 games played against Birmingham City

AVG Goals

2.2

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

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
L H

04-12-2017

Championship

Wolverhampton Wanderers Team Logo Wolverhampton Wanderers

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

L A

09-12-2017

Championship

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 1 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

L H

16-12-2017

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

23-12-2017

Championship

Sunderland Team Logo Sunderland

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L H

26-12-2017

Championship

Norwich City Team Logo Norwich City

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

30-12-2017

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

02-01-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

06-01-2018

FA Cup

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

13-01-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D A

20-01-2018

Championship

Preston North End Team Logo Preston North End

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

Derby County Form Guide

Derby County Team Logo

Derby County

Won

6

Draw

3

Lost

1
W H

02-12-2017

Championship

Burton Albion Team Logo Burton Albion

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

09-12-2017

Championship

Barnsley Team Logo Barnsley

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

16-12-2017

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 2 - 0

(HT 1 - 0)

W H

23-12-2017

Championship

Millwall Team Logo Millwall

FT 3 - 0

(HT 3 - 0)

D A

26-12-2017

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

30-12-2017

Championship

Ipswich Town Team Logo Ipswich Town

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

01-01-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 0)

L A

05-01-2018

FA Cup

Manchester United Team Logo Manchester United

FT 2 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

13-01-2018

Championship

Birmingham City Team Logo Birmingham City

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

19-01-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

Birmingham City Preview

The Blues have now won three straight in all games and have kept clean sheets in all these ties. They are off the bottom into 23rd place and are one of seven sides separated by six points in the relegation mix. At St Andrew’s, they have won each of their last two both of which came by the same 1-0 scoreline. It marks a low-scoring trend with just one of their last ten at their own ground going over 2.5 goals and it is the same numbers in the both teams to score market. Sam Gallagher has now netted in his last two appearances for Birmingham while Jacques Maghoma has two in the last two in the league. Just 14 of the 35 they have conceded have come in the first-half.

Birmingham City Team News

Carl Jenkinson (dislocated shoulder) and Tomas Kuszczak (groin) are closing in on returns while Isaac Vassell (cruciate) is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Derby County Preview

It is now seven league games without defeat for the Rams and just one loss in their last 11 fixtures. They sit in second place and the only worry is that Stoke are being linked with boss Gary Rowett. Away from the iPro Stadium, they are tough to beat losing none of their last nine with four of these ending all-square. The East-Midlands side have kept clean sheets in three of their last five on their travels and conceded on just two occasions. Matej Vydra is their leading scorer in the Championship this season with 14 goals though he has just three in the last eight. Just nine of the 23 goals Derby have conceded have come in the first-half.

Derby County Team News

Bradley Johnson and Joe Ledley (both back issues) are doubts while Kyle McAllister (groin) is a few weeks away from a return.

Birmingham City Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

0.7

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

Derby County Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.5

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 Derby County Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK David Stockdale 191 84
3 RB Jonathan Grounds 185 80
12 CD Harlee Dean 190 82
4 CD Marc Roberts 183 81
5 LB Maxime Colin 179 77
26 CM David Davis 173 77
20 CM Jeremie Boga 173 68
6 CDM Maikel Kieftenbeld 179 75
8 CDM Craig Gardner 178 76
19 CM Jacques Maghoma 175 73
18 CF Sam Gallagher 193 75
No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Scott Carson 190 86
14 LB Andre Wisdom 186 78
6 CD Richard Keogh 188 87
33 CD Curtis Davies 188 76
3 RB Craig Forsyth 191 81
44 CDM Tom Huddlestone 180 80
34 CDM George Thorne 188 84
7 CM Johnny Russell 178 67
23 CM Matej Vydra 180 71
10 CM Tom Lawrence 175 70
17 CF Sam Winnall 175 72