Birmingham City vs Cardiff City:
England – Championship.
Date: Saturday, 6 August, 2016
Kick-off: 15:00 UK.
Venue: St. Andrew’s (Birmingham).
Birmingham City begin another Championship chapter with a home opener against Cardiff City on Saturday.
The Blues finished last season at 10th in the standings, and this time they will be hoping to better their position. And starting the season journey in front of their home fans will be a real boost. For the preparations for the new season, Birmingham City were involved in six friendlies. They failed to win the first there losing two, but bounced back with 2 wins and a draw in the next three.
While Cardiff City are heading into the new season following on the back of an impressive pre-season showdown. They will be in quest for a better campaign after finishing 8th in the 2015/16 Championship table. The Welsh club were also involved in six friendlies to test their squad for the new season. They won three, while lost two and draw one.
Birmingham City Team News:
The defensive midfielder Maikel Kieftenbeld is nursing a muscle injury and he is the only player missing for Birmingham in their season opener against Cardiff City.
The teenage striker Jack Storer scored four goals in the pre-season and he will be compete with Clayton Donaldson for a starting place.
While Ryan Shotton and Robert Tesche, who made their loan deals permanent this season are expected to start.
Birmingham City: Expected Starting Line-up (4-2-3-1)
Kuszczak – Grounds, Morrison, Shotton, Caddis – Gleeson, Tesche – Maghoma, Fabbrini, Cotterill – Donaldson.
Cardiff City Team News:
Paul Trollope is likely to be without the defender Sean Morrison, who is recovering from an ankle injury.
There are no other injury concerns and Thorpe is likely to deploy a 3-5-2 formation in the opening fixture against Birmingham.
Aron Gunnarsson was an integral part of Iceland’s fairy tale run at the Euro 2016 will be a key man to watch at the center of midfield.
Cardiff City: Expected Starting Line-up (3-5-2)
Marshall – Peltier, Manga, Connolly – Fabio, Whittingham, Gunnarsson, Immers, Richards – Pilkington, Gounongbe.
Birmingham City vs Cardiff City: Head-to-Head
- Both teams had won five apiece in the 14 games between them, with four matches being draws.
- A total of 24 goals were produced during the period, with Birmingham scoring 11 and Cardiff 13.
- The last five meetings between the sides have seen under 2.5 goals.
- Birmingham City won the corresponding fixture of last season by 1-0 score-line.
Birmingham City vs Cardiff City: Prediction
The two teams’ records against each other proves that they are no clear favourites for Saturday’s encounter. Both sides had a good pre-season testing their squad against some strong oppositions. And they are expected to carry the momentum into the first real test of the new season.
The recent clashes between these sides has been quite cagey. Also the managers are expected to adapt a conservative approach in the first match of the season. It is quite hard to separate these two teams on paper as both teams are built on the back of strong defensive units. A scored draw is the most likely outcome and the total goals expected to remain under 2.5.
Birmingham City vs Cardiff City: Tips
- Both teams to score.
- Under 2. 5 goals.
- Correct Score 1-1