Birmingham City host Burnley on Wednesday (October 19) in the Championship at St Andrew’s.
The Blues started the campaign slowly but recovered to finish in the top half of the table. They beat Hull City 2-0 in their last match. In the 15th minute, Troy Deeney scored the first goal with a penalty kick and Bakuna Juninho finished the goal with a fine strike after the restart. Birmingham is in 12th place with 19 points from 14 games.
The visitors started the table with 25 points from 14 games and will continue to do well. Burnley, meanwhile, has had a solid campaign under Vincent Kompany and is considered an early promotion favorite with a quarter of the season underway.
They have been clinical 4-0 against Coventry City in their last three games in the table, including signing Anas Zarouri with his first goal for the club in the summer.
Birmingham is on a winning streak and has lost just one of their last 7 matches. However, they have won just one of their last five home games and could struggle here. Burnley has also won their last two games and is on a 12-game unbeaten run. They are unbeaten in their last 6 road contests and need to go top.
Prediction: Birmingham 1 – 3 Burnley
There have been 97 meetings between Birmingham and Burnley. Of those, the hosts got 32 and the visitors got 44. Both teams had 21 ties.
The visitors are unbeaten in their last 4 matches in this game. The home team has not kept a clean sheet in the last 12 matches in this competition.
The Blues have conceded five goals at home this season and have conceded the third-fewest in the division. The Clarets have 12 points from seven road games this season.
Only Wigan Athletic and Queens Park Rangers have collected more. Vincent Kompany’s men have scored 24 league goals this season, the most in one league.
Birmingham City’s Predicted lineup:
Sanderson, Trusty, Dean, Colin, Bielik, Hannibal, Bacuna, Longelo, Chong, Hogan, Ruddy
Burnley’s Predicted Lineup:
Vitinho, Harwood-Bellis, Maatsen, Beyer, Cullen, Cork, Tella, Brownhill, Zaroury, Rodriguez, Muric
Outcome Winner: Burnley
Both teams to score: Yes (Both teams have scored in nine of their last ten matchups.)
Goals – Over/under 2.5 – Over 2.5 goals (The last ten games between the two teams have produced fewer than 2.5 goals.)
Where to watch
You can watch this match on the SkySports channel. Stream on ESPN+.