Fulham vs Birmingham City Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Preview

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Fulham vs Birmingham City Match Prediction

By Richard McTiernan

This Saturday afternoon (15:00) game features two sides in the bottom half of the Championship table. Here we have our match preview with all the best predictions, betting tips and match stats. Fulham suffered a 3-1 loss at Griffin Park in a London derby against Brentford in their last match. It had looked promising when Neeskens Kebano gave them the lead in the 25th but they conceded three more and had a man (Dennis Odoi) dismissed. Birmingham had no answer for league leaders Wolves who were ahead after just eight minutes in their last match and that was the end of the scoring. The Blues would also have been frustrated to have had Harlee Dean dismissed seven minutes from time. The two meetings between these sides last season were both won by the Midlands outfit and by the same 1-0 scoreline. It continues a trend that has seen the London team fail to win any of their last five meetings.

Betting Tips and Predictions

Fulham are the most likely winners of this game but I could not be taking them at such short odds given that they have won just six of their 20 fixtures this season. Birmingham did well to restrict Wolves on Monday night and against Sheffield United claimed a point so this does not look a bet I would want to make. Under 2.5 goals looks a great bet here as none of the last four at home and just two of the last 11 for the hosts have gone over this margin while the visitors have seen none of their last nine go over. Sticking with this theme take NO in the both teams to score market and consider doubling these two bets together.

Under 2.5 goals in this game

NO in the both teams to score market

Fulham 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

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

AVG Goals

0.8

BTTS

Over 2.5

Over 3.5

Over 1.5 1H Goals

Over 1.5 2H Goals

Fulham Form Guide

Fulham Team Logo

Fulham

Won

3

Draw

2

Lost

5
W A

26-05-2018

Championship Playoff

Aston Villa Team Logo Aston Villa

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 1)

W H

07-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Crawley Town Team Logo Crawley Town

FT 4 - 2

(HT 1 - 1)

D A

14-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Reading Team Logo Reading

FT 0 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

18-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Fenerbahce Team Logo Fenerbahce

FT 0 - 3

(HT 0 - 2)

L A

21-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Lyon Team Logo Lyon

FT 4 - 0

(HT 0 - 0)

W H

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Athletic Bilbao Team Logo Athletic Bilbao

FT 3 - 1

(HT 3 - 1)

L A

28-07-2018

Club Friendlies

Fiorentina Team Logo Fiorentina

FT 9 - 8

(HT 0 - 0)

L H

01-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Sampdoria Team Logo Sampdoria

FT 0 - 1

(HT 0 - 0)

D H

04-08-2018

Club Friendlies

Celta Vigo Team Logo Celta Vigo

FT 2 - 2

(HT 2 - 2)

L H

11-08-2018

Premier League

Crystal Palace Team Logo Crystal Palace

FT 0 - 2

(HT 0 - 1)

Birmingham City Form Guide

Birmingham City Team Logo

Birmingham City

Won

3

Draw

3

Lost

4
L A

28-04-2018

Championship

Queens Park Rangers Team Logo Queens Park Rangers

FT 3 - 1

(HT 1 - 1)

W H

06-05-2018

Championship

Fulham Team Logo Fulham

FT 3 - 1

(HT 2 - 0)

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)

Fulham Preview

Just two victories from their last nine games means that Fulham are much lower than they would have hoped for and sat in 15th going into this round of matches. Four of their next five come against teams in the bottom six so they will hope to use this to start a run of form that moves them up the table. At Craven Cottage, they have won just two league games all season though they have won two of three entertaining the bottom eight (the other was a draw with Bolton).  None of their last four and just two of 11 in all competitions at home have gone over 2.5 goals. Six of the last eight goals they have scored have come in the first-half with four of these coming between the 20th and 30th minute. Oliver Norwood has netted in two of the last four though no Fulham player has scored more than four league goals this season.

Fulham Team News

Dennis Odoi will miss the game through suspension while Lucas Piazon (broken leg) and Floyd Ayite (hamstring) are doubts.

Birmingham City Preview

The return of Steve Cotterill has not brought the turnaround in fortune the Blues were hoping for and just four points in their last eight means they are now 22nd and in the relegation places.  They do though have a run of fixtures where Leeds (eighth) is the highest ranked of their next seven opponents. Away from St Andrew’s, they have not won all season but picked up a promising point at Bramall Lane last time out. A lack of road goals is a clear issue with just four netted with only Burton going lower with three. None of the last nine Birmingham have played have gone over 2.5 goals and four of these have gone under 1.5.  If the league was decided on scores at half-time then the Midlands outfit would be as high as 15th.

Birmingham City Team News

Harlee Dean will miss the game through suspension while Jason Lowe (hamstring) and Craig Gardner (calf) are doubts. Carl Jenkinson (dislocated shoulder) and Maxime Colin (hamstring) are out until the end of December while Isaac Vassell (cruciate) may not play again this season.

Fulham Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

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 Last 10 Games Stats

Win Draw Loss

AVG Goals

1.3

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

Fulham vs Birmingham City Sidelined Players

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Probably Lineup

No. Pos Player M kg
1 GK Marcus Bettinelli 194 82
2 LB Ryan Fredericks 180 79
26 CD Tomas Kalas 184 71
13 CD Tim Ream 186 72
3 RB Ryan Sessegnon 178 70
16 CM Oliver Norwood 180 76
6 CM Kevin McDonald 192 82
10 CM Tom Cairney 185 72
19 LF Sheyi Ojo 177 64
8 CF Stefan Johansen 182 78
7 RF Neeskens Kebano 170 65
No. Pos Player M kg
13 GK David Stockdale 191 84
25 LB Josh Cogley 174 68
3 CD Jonathan Grounds 185 80
28 CD Michael Morrison 183 76
2 CD Emilio Nsue 182 75
26 RB David Davis 173 77
6 CM Maikel Kieftenbeld 179 75
50 CM Stephen Gleeson 188 70
15 CM Cohen Bramall - -
10 CF Lukas Jutkiewicz 185 81
20 CF Jeremie Boga 173 68