Coventry City hosts Birmingham City in round 12 of the English Championship. The match will be played on Friday, November 20th at St. Andrew's Stadium (Birmingham)
The Sky Blues had played in the top football division for decades. However, the 21st century passed for the club in the form of a slow but steady peak. The bottom of this fall was the stay at the level of the fourth division in the 2017/2018 season. Fortunately, Coventry returned from there immediately. Last year the team won League 1. Of course, it is very difficult for a newcomer at the Championship level. The start was good since the Sky Blues earned four points in the first three rounds. But over the next 9 rounds, the piggy bank was replenished by only four points. In November, the team consecutively lost to Nottingham Forest and Watford.
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The Blues nearly dropped to League 1 in the last season. Birmingham City finished 20th in the 2019/2020 Championship. To improve the results, the management called Aitor Karanka, a Spaniard who had previously worked with other clubs of about the same level. He trained Middlesbrough (and even brought it to the Premier League) and Nottingham Forest. This is not to say that the Blues showed incredible progress and began to struggle for promotion to the Premier League. Nevertheless, the team at least doesn’t swing at the bottom of the standings. It lacks stability, and unsuccessful meetings replaced good segments with 3-4 rounds without defeats. So it was in October, and November began with two home defeats in a row. Birmingham lost to Wycombe (1:2 and Bournemouth (1:3). Because of this, the club fell to the lower part of the standings. The Spanish specialist and his coaching staff had something to think about at this time of the forced pause associated with the matches of national teams.
After draws in 2012, the teams did not play with each other for a long time, up to 1/16 finals of the FA Cup. There were two draws (including in extra time), but Birmingham advanced to the next round after winning in the penalty shootout. Now both teams will try to get out of the unsuccessful segment. We are waiting for a rather interesting game and a solid number of goals scored.
Prediction for the match: Over 2.0 goals scored