Birmingham City welcome the visitors Middlesbrough in the English Championship – Round 27. The match will be held on Saturday, January 12th, at the St. Andrew’s Stadium (Birmingham).
Birmingham City perform great on their turf in this campaign. At home, the team suffered only 1 loss, yet by a minimum goal margin. Even the effective Norwich and West Bromwich Albion could not take 3 points at the St. Andrew’s Stadium. The hosts’ December run was also great – the ‘Blues’ racked up 11 points of 18 possible. The team managed to set up their defensive line. After the fails in the clashes versus Derby County, Hull City, and Aston Villa, Birmingham allowed just 2 goals in the next 7 Championship rounds.
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Middlesbrough bounced back after their bad streak in the beginning of December. Though struggling, they still succeeded to overcome Reading away and managed to hold off Derby County’s pressure in the last outing. Actually, the ‘Boro’ withstood Lampard’s side thanks to their secure defense. Thus, their exemplary defense was demonstrated once again. This season, the guests missed only 18 goals in 26 Championship fixtures, which is the best league’s record. Throughout 5 previous rounds, Middlesbrough were netted just thrice.
In this league, the Saturday opponents draw quite often. Birmingham shared points with the rivals in 12 matches of 26. Middlesbrough did in 10. In our view, the coming head-to-head will also end level. The visitors play safe in defense, while the hosts allowed rarely in their latest clashes. That said, the ‘Boro’ played well in the cup fixture against Peterborough, shipping 5 goals to the opponent. The ‘Blues’ made yet 21 goals in 13 encounters on their soil. 3 of 4 previous ‘Boro’’s trips to Birmingham ended in a draw. Given that the hosts conceded just once in front of their own fans and that the guests lost only twice in outings, we expect another level result on Saturday.
Prediction for the match: Draw.