Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Kickoff: 15:00 Hrs

Venue: Ewood Park

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Blackburn Rovers vs Birmingham City Match Prediction

By Gary Gillles

These two sides meet at Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon (15:00) looking to turn around a bad run of form. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Rovers were at the wrong end of a five-goal thriller at Portman Road as goals from Hope Akpan and Danny Graham (pen) were not enough to get them a point against Ipswich. Rovers had more possession but struggled to create chances. Birmingham were held 0-0 by Nottingham Forest in their last league game. Since then the Blues have played an FA Cup time going down 3-1 to Newcastle with David Cotterill getting their only goal. Stephen Gleeson got the only goal of the game when these sides met at St Andrews on October 1st in an entertaining affair.

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Blackburn Preview

Defeat at Ipswich last time out put to an end a mini-run of two games without defeat for Rovers and was their fifth defeat in the last seven. Blackburn now sits 22nd in the table and a point from safety. Their home form is a mixed bag with their last six matches featuring two wins, two draws and two defeats. They can take heart from a decent record at home against sides in the bottom 13 of the table with three wins and three defeats from these six fixtures. Rovers tend to have few problems scoring at their own ground as they have the ninth best-ranked home attack though this is negated by keeping just one home clean sheet all season and having the 22nd ranked defence in the division. 

Birmingham Preview

It is now five league games in all competitions without a win and the Blues are now down to 12th and some nine points away from the top six. Away from home Birmingham are without a win in their last three league and have just three wins on the road this season. They have won just one of five away to sides in the bottom half of the table. A feature of Birmingham away matches is that they tend to go under with seven of 12 doing so though three of their last four have gone over and both teams have scored in four of their last six on all grounds.

Blackburn Team News

Marvin Emnes will not be available after his loan from Swansea was ended. In terms of injuries he has five worries with Elliott Ward (broken ankle), Adam Henley (hamstring), Corry Evans (groin), Craig Conway (hamstring) and Tommy Hoban (dislocated shoulder) all doubtful.

Birmingham Team News

New signing Emilio Nsue will come straight into the squad following a move from Middlesbrough. Greg Stewart (knee) and Clayton Donaldson (calf) are doubts while Jacques Maghoma (Africa Cup of Nations) and Rhoys Wiggins (knee) will be absent.

Betting Tips and Predictions

This is a tough game to call against two sides who are struggling to put together any kind of winning run. I would swerve the match markets and look at the goalscorer markets. Firstly, with Craig Gardener for Birmingham who made a big difference when coming off the bench against Forest last time out.  He has a good effort from distance and looks worth siding with. Danny Graham has eight goals in eight games and takes the penalties for Blackburn.  I think he will fancy his chances here against a Blues defence that has shipped in each of their last eight away matches.

Craig Gardener first goalscorer, each-way 5/1

Danny Graham, first goalscorer, each-way 11/1

Blackburn Rovers saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played

Blackburn Rovers saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Birmingham City

Birmingham City saw over 1.5 goals in 7 out of their last 10 games played against Blackburn Rovers

AVG Goals

1.1

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Blackburn Rovers Form Guide

Blackburn Rovers Team Logo

Blackburn Rovers

Won

5

Draw

3

Lost

2
W A

14-08-2018

EFL Cup

Carlisle United Team Logo Carlisle United

FT 1 - 5

(HT 1 - 4)

W A

18-08-2018

Championship

Hull City Team Logo Hull City

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

22-08-2018

Championship

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

W H

25-08-2018

Championship

Brentford Team Logo Brentford

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

28-08-2018

EFL Cup

Lincoln City Team Logo Lincoln City

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

L A

02-09-2018

Championship

Bristol City Team Logo Bristol City

FT 4 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D H

15-09-2018

Championship

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 1 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

18-09-2018

Championship

Derby County Team Logo Derby County

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

22-09-2018

Championship

Stoke City Team Logo Stoke City

FT 2 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

25-09-2018

EFL Cup

AFC Bournemouth Team Logo AFC Bournemouth

FT 3 - 2

(HT 1 - 0)

Birmingham City Form Guide

Birmingham City Team Logo

Birmingham City

Won

1

Draw

6

Lost

3
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)

L A

22-08-2018

Championship

Bolton Wanderers Team Logo Bolton Wanderers

FT 1 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D A

25-08-2018

Championship

Nottingham Forest Team Logo Nottingham Forest

FT 2 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

D H

01-09-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

14-09-2018

Championship

West Bromwich Albion Team Logo West Bromwich Albion

FT 1 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

19-09-2018

Championship

Sheffield United Team Logo Sheffield United

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W A

22-09-2018

Championship

Leeds United Team Logo Leeds United

FT 1 - 2

(HT 0 - 2)

Blackburn Rovers Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

2

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 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

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