Birmingham vs Bolton by Luke

Birmingham had a really nice ten days break, since the team's previous game was played back on 13th February when they had a goalless draw away to struggling Rotherham. It was their third consecutive negative result (two draws and a defeat), as the team now looks to bounce back to winning ways in a bit easier home game.

As for the game away to Rotherham, they had slightly more of the ball possession, but both teams looked like being oriented to defending at the first place, while the home side stood playing with a man less since 79th minute, but there was neither power no time left for the visiting side to respond in a proper manner. After this draw, Birmingham somehow fall short in comparison to play-off placed Sheffield Wednesday, being now five points behind them and there is no doubt that the victory tonight is the only way to get them involved into that race again. Birmingham should be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Donaldson as striker and Buckley, Maghoma and Toral as his offensive support. Home team has no fresh injury or suspension worries. Diego Fabbrini is pushing for a start here, but the hosts could easily go here unchanged.

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Bolton, on the other side, comes from a 1:1 home draw against QPR last weekend. Even though they weren't better during the match, the team can't feel satisfied with a point taken, since they were leading all the way till third minute of additional time. They took the lead with a goal from clough in generally an equal game, but suffered equalizer in last moments of the match thanks to Phillips.

After this draw, the team remained tied up with rock bottom placed Charlton, having only twenty-five points out of thirty-two rounds played. That's six points less than first safely placed side MK Dons and no doubt that they'll have a really hard time staying in Championship this season. Away from home players of Bolton have earned only four points, having 0-4-12 record and surely that a point here would be as great as a victory. Guests will probably be playing in 4-2-3-1 formation with Madine as their lone striker. Zach Clough and Gary Madine are ready to start the game, while the visitors continue to miss Max Clayton (offensive midfielder, 8/0) due injury, with striker Emile Heskey (21/2) not being fully fit for this one. First choice goalkeeper Ben Amos (32/0) is doubtful due ankle injury.

Bolton have conceded at least 2 goals in their last 6 away matches (Championship).
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Birmingham's last 3 home games (Championship).

Birmingham had some time off since their previous match and should enter this one very fresh. One way or another, I don't see visiting side actually being really competitive in this one. They are improving, but this match should be simply too much for them.

Bet: Birmingham Wins @ 1.95 with Bet365
Result: 1-0 (won)
 * Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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