Birmingham take on the visitors Huddersfield in the round 2 match of English Championship. The match will be played on Friday, August 5th at St. Andrew's Stadium (Birmingham).
Birmingham struggled for survival last season. The Blues just over a decade ago, in 2011, took the all-England trophy - the League Cup. But then they moved to the Championship. And was very close in the last draw to go even lower. By and large, we can say that we were lucky, and 47 points were enough for 20th place and, therefore, survival. What if Reading and Derby had not received such severe fines? It is also embarrassing that the inexperienced Eustace was appointed manager, and the squad did not become stronger after the departure of Villalba, Sunich, Pedersen and Ivan Sanchez. Ruddy was signed, a good goalkeeper, but in Wolverhampton he was not the main one. He made his debut with a “clean sheet”, but with Luton his new team was limited to an away goalless draw.
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Huddersfield in danger of being blown away this season. The "Terriers" recently climbed for 2 years in the Premier League. And they were close to returning there at the end of last season. But the dispute for 2nd place was eventually lost to Bournemouth, and the Town failed to succeed in the playoffs. After that, the manager, Carlos Corberan, left, who was replaced by the inexperienced Danny Schofield. The composition changed partly, and not in the direction of strengthening. Although there are interesting options with transfers, including a loan to Chelsea Anjorin - last season he tried his hand at Lokomotiv Moscow. The team started by hosting Burnley at home. And, having conceded already in the 18th minute, in the end they did not answer anything, losing 0-1. Pretty eloquent start to the season, which, to put it mildly, does not add optimism.
For the last 11 head-to-head meetings, the lion's share, 7, ended in draws. Birmingham and Huddersfield won 2 times each. But at the same time, it was the “Terriers” who won the last duel: away 2-0 in February this year. In the 1st round for two teams could not score. But they only conceded 1 goal. It is unlikely that anything will change drastically now. We recommend betting on "under 2.5 goals".
Prediction for the match: Under 2.5 scored goals.