Watch Birmingham vs Cardiff – EFL Championship Live Stream
Birmingham City vs Cardiff City
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Friday, 13th October 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/20:45 CET
Venue: St. Andrews.
Birmingham vs Cardiff: Preview and Predictions
Birmingham hosts high flying Cardiff in a desperate search for points. The visitors are topping the table and will be hoping to keep their place.
Birmingham suffered a heavy defeat last round. The team was literally hammered by Hull City. 6 straight goals followed by just a consolidation goal in the stoppage time dealt a heavy blow to the teams confidence. The difference was obvious and it will be interesting to see if Birmingham will be able to bounce back.
Cardiff drew their last game but kept their place on top of the league. The team hosted Derby County in a goalless draw. Cardiff were the active side but Derby knows how to defend and denied the hosts.
Form and Tactical Analysis
The Blues are 22nd in the table with just 8 points so far. They barely survived last year and a heavy defeat like last week puts even more pressure on the team. Birmingham are looking more and more like a team which picks the majority of its points at home and looks to be doomed on the road. 7 out of their 8 points were picked at St Andrews which is a huge percentage.
Birmingham plays defensive oriented 4-1-4-1. The team has a distinctive problem with scoring goals while their defensive line looks error prone. Jutkiewic looked isolated most of the time and the team attacking efforts were coming to an end rather fast.
Despite the draw last before the international break Cardiff is still topping the league with 24 points one above runner ups Wolves. The team has lost just a single game so far and picked 3 victories out of their 5 games on the road while staying unbeaten at home. The team looks capable of both scoring and defending and already placed their bid for promotion.
Cardiff played in a 4-3-3 formation last game trying to break through Derby County’s outstanding defensive line. Zohore was leading the line but still the in form striker was not able to break through the defense.
Birmingham vs Cardiff: Head to head
Birmingham has won just a single game in the last 10 meeting between the sides while Cardiff has 4.
The last 3 games all finished as a draw making Birmingham unbeaten in 4 games against Cardiff winning 1 and drawing 3.
Only one game in the last 10 went above the 2.5 goal line.
Birmingham vs Cardiff: Prediction
After last weeks disappointment Cardiff will be looking to pick up the 3 points. Birmingham on the other side are putting their hopes on the home games and won’t give up without a fight. Still Cardiff has the class and form advantage and keeping their first place should be their priority.
Keeping in mind the history between the sides a low scoring game looks decent option. Birmingham has 8 out of 11 games this season with lower than 2.5 goals while Cardiff has half of its games with lower scores.
Birmingham vs Cardiff: Bet Tips
Cardiff to win for 2.23 with 888sport.
Under 2.5 goals for 1.75 odds.