21Feb

Championship: Barnsley v Birmingham

Barnsley Birmingham Betting Preview

Barnsley is entering this match after a 2:0 deserved and expected victory over Portsmouth which players remain to play without salaries payed and who are focused on everything but football right now. Hosts are on 14th position right now, with no relegation worries, but neither promotion hopes. They are safe in the middle of the table and can already look how to improve their squad for next season and build up on it. Their position could be much higher if they played some better football in front of their own fans as they have 8-2-6 record which is quite poor for a team of mid-table zone, as they could have done way better. Before they won Portsmouth, they had two losses in a row, against Burnley and Waterford. Home team will be without defender Hassell who is injured, while some youngsters will have to feature as due absentees.

Birmingham, on the other hand, after a very poor start of the season, they can now hope for promotion which was their main goal at the beginning of the season. Not only that, but they are also playing very well in English FA Cup as they have drawn 1:1 at Stanford Bridge against Chelsea three days ago and now have a chance to play against one of the strongest teams in their country in front of their own fans. Guests are on a twelve matches without loss run and are looking to extend that form on the expense of Barnsley. Guests received only one goal in last four match, it was against Chelsea in FA Cup meaning that they kept the clean sheet in last three matches played in Championship (against Hull, Portsmouth and Southampton). Guests will be boosted with the return of striker Marlon King, winger Chris Burke and defender Steven Caldwell who are all set to return. Injured remain striker Nikola Zigic and defender Stephen Carr.

Bet: Birmingham Draw no Bet @1.53 with Bet365

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