Birmingham vs WBA by Neuro
Birmingham City will have their good momentum in Championship interrupted with a FA Cup game against WBA this weekend. They come from a streak of three undefeated matches where they had two wins during last four weeks, hoping that their can continue in FA Cup when they take on against a Premier League side.
They are well past their poor form from the start of the season when the team looked stuck in the relegation zone, being now at the first part of the table at eleventh position. They are nine points away from the play-off zone and in case the team continues to play that well, like they did in last two months or so, their chances for promotion might not be overwritten this time. During the positive run, their coach wasn't changing much in the lineup for Championship matches, while he said now that he might change something, but nowhere close to ten changes he made in the previous FA Cup round against Blyth Spartans. New signing Llyod Dyer might start the match, while David Edgar and Neal Eardley were loaned out earlier this week. Right defender Will Packwood (1/0) with groin injury, central defender Gavin Gunnin (1/0) and striker Matt Green (no performance yet this season) with knee injuries remain their only absentees, all three long term ones.
WBA, on the other side, comes into this game with four undefeated matches in a row, coming from a goalless draw away to Everton last weekend. From the start of the game it looked like their only target is to get a draw, without trying to do much in the offense. However, has to be said that they were very lucky during the game, with hosts missing quite a few chances.
Their best chance came from penalty spot in 44th minute when Mirallas missed it, while the visitors overall, played good defensive game. After the draw, they outside of the relegation battle with three points such teams, which surely is their primary target this season. Coach wanted to improve their squad during January, but so far they failed to sign his two wishes - winger Callum McManaman from Wigan and Manchester United's midfielder Darren Fletcher. They have one new injury concern for this game with midfielder James Morrison (21/2) carrying a knock. Other than that, defender Jonas Olsson (4/0) is still recovering from Achilles surgery, while midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu (12/0) remains away with international duty with Democratic Republic of Congo at African Cup of Nations.
Open game is expected here, with both teams looking for their chance to progress further. WBA, of course, has to be set as favorite here and they are, but there is no doubt that Birmingham also has a lot of offensive quality and creativity in order to jeopardize them and score at least once. Having that in mind, I find odds of 1.9 and around, very valuable for both teams to score bet option.