Birmingham City and Preston North End will battle for three points in an EFL Championship matchday 28 fixture on Saturday (January 21). The hosts are coming off a 2-1 comeback win at League One side Forest Green Rovers in an FA Cup third round replay in midweek. Ben Stevenson put the hosts ahead in the eighth minute, but a second-half fightback from Birmingham saw Lukas Jutkiewicz and Kevin Long score to help their side progress to the next round.
Preston, meanwhile, will look to rebound from their harrowing 4-0 defeat against Norwich City at home last weekend. Teemu Pukki and Kieran Dowell scored braces to help the Canaries claim maximum points. The defeat saw the Lilywhites drop to the 13th spot, having garnered 37 points from 27 games. Birmingham, meanwhile, sit in 18th place with 32 points.
Birmingham have their last four league games, leaving them eerily close to the relegation zone. The Blues have just a six-point cushion over the bottom three, so a negative result could draw them into a relegation scrap.
Preston, meanwhile, have been one of the league’s best travellers and will fancy their chances of leaving Birmingham with maximum points.
The visitors should compound Birmingham’s misery with another defeat with goals to be scored at both ends.
Prediction: Birmingham City 1-2 Preston North End
This match will start from 8:30 pm
This match will take place on 21 January 2023
Birmingham City attacker Reda Khadra will return to the matchday squad this Saturday after being ineligible to play in the FA Cup clash with Forest Green, meaning Eustace could hand the German his first start for the club alongside Troy Deeney.
Eustace gave updates on the injuries to defenders Marc Roberts (hamstring) and Harlee Dean (calf) after the cup win on Tuesday, with the Blues boss stating both are still a couple of weeks away from action.
Midfielder Jobe Bellingham is expected to be sidelined for around a month due to a stomach injury, whereas fellow youngster George Hall has been training on the grass this week as he recovers from a hamstring strain.
Ruddy; Sanderson, Long, Trusty; Colin, Bielik, Hannibal, Chong, Graham; Khadra, Deeney
Woodman; Diaby, Storey, Lindsay; Fernandez, Browne, Ledson, Johnson, Hughes; Delap, Parrott
Tip 1 – Preston to win
Tip 2 – Both teams to score
Tip 3 – Over 2.5 goals
Our analysis of all available data, including recent performances and player stats, suggests the most likely outcome of this match is a Birmingham City win with a probability of 37.17%. A win for Preston North End has a probability of 34.3% and a draw has a probability of 28.5%.
The most likely scoreline for a Birmingham City win is 1-0 with a probability of 11.97%. The next most likely scorelines for that outcome are 2-1 (7.76%) and 2-0 (6.99%). The likeliest Preston North End win is 0-1 (11.38%), while for a drawn scoreline it is 1-1 (13.28%).
The official broadcasting rights for the league are with Viacom 18. The matches will be streaming on the Colors Infinity, Voot, and Jio TV.
Birmingham vs Preston a great match to watch, Birmingham will win.
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