Birmingham City predictions with latest odds and stats
- Number of Bets: 45
- Winning Bets: 23
- Average Odds: 2.31
- Overall Stake : 309
- Profit: 300.51
- Yield: -2.75 %
After years of turbulence following their relegation in 2010/11, the Birmingham Blues have finally entered a period of stability with relatively similar table positions.
Of course, that’s not strictly a good thing, seeing how this position generally hovers around 19. Last season was their worst performance since 2014, landing them an unenviable 19th position.
On a brighter note, this isn’t bad for Championship betting. It can be fairly easy to predict how Birmingham will match up against most other teams. In terms of form, they won’t do too well unless the team’s a straight-up relegation favourite. For outright bets, however, things are a bit more complex.
Predicting their table position is easy enough, but there aren’t many widespread markets that allow us to take advantage of the fact. Relegation is way too long at 6.00, while a Bottom Half wager seems redundant at 1.25.
Birmingham Key Players
Push comes to shove, the lineup boasts some decent players if you look at them individually. As a unit, though, they are directionless and leaderless.
The captain’s armband went to Harlee Dean, who is a stabilising presence, but an altogether unimpressive one. To be fair, though, the defensive lineup appears much stronger than the attackers. Defensive midfielder Ivan Šunjić gave an admirable performance last season and might have been a better candidate for captain.
Beyond that, Kristian Pedersen is a dependable wingback and the addition of Mikel San José will further shore up the backline against most direct attack routes. The issue with this defence is that it’s too passive most of the time, so attackers like Scott Hogan rarely even get a decent chance to press.
Birmingham’s greatest rivals are certainly their neighbours Aston Villa, with their two grounds, St Andrew’s and Villa Park, less than 2.5 miles apart. Their encounters are referred to as the Second City Derby, which signifies the city of Birmingham being the second city of the United Kingdom. Neither of the two clubs has a rivalry fiercer than the one they have between them.
Their clashed have been known to cause violence between the supporters, and there were even police documentaries made about various encounters of these two clubs. The enmity, great though it was throughout its history, grew manifold with the appointment of former Birmingham City boss Alex McLeish to the same job at Aston Villa in 2011 – the first ever managerial move across the city. McLeish received death threats from both sides of the fray, and he was sacked from Aston Villa due to poor results the following summer.
This club was first established in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance. They became a professional club 10 years later, and soon they were reorganized into the first ever limited company, with a board of directors, in football. They were a founding member of the Football Alliance in 1889, and they were admitted to the newly formed Second Division of the Football League. They moved to the First Division in 1894 for the first time, still as Small Heath, and they were renamed Birmingham in 1905. They wouldn’t become Birmingham City until 1943.
After several years of struggle to stabilize their top-flight status, they finally had a prolonged run between 1903 and 1907. Another 13 years in the Second Division followed (including the years of World War I when there was no competitive football), before their longest ever top-flight spell (1921-39).
Their time since has been strewn with various phases, ups and downs and occasional bouts of stability, such as the currently ongoing one.
Their two major trophies so far were the League Cup in 1963, and a rather surprising triumph in the same competition in 2011, when goals from Nikola Zigic and Obafemi Martins earned them a 2-1 win over Arsenal in the final with the only strike for the Gunners coming from Robin van Persie.
Birmingham City were also the runners-up of the League Cup in 2001, as well as the FA Cup in 1931 and 1956.
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