Birmingham City vs Leeds United
England – Championship
Date: Sunday, 29 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK / 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium.
Birmingham’s Blues await The Damned United at St. Andrew’s Stadium hoping to catch them on another bad day and end their own winless run in Sunday’s Championship clash.
Birmingham City vs Leeds United: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Overall Stats (80 games): Birmingham City 33 wins, 19 draws, Leeds United 28 wins.
- Birmingham City have 24-7-9 record at home versus LUFC.
- Four of their last five head-to-head meetings ended with fewer than 2.5 goals.
- One of the teams failed to score in four out of last five encounters.
- Birmingham-based side was first to score in three out of last four head-to-head meetings.
Birmingham City vs Leeds United: Prediction
A well deserved share of the spoils at Ewood Park, as Kerim Mrabti slammed in an equalizer from the penalty spot and earned a point for his side in 1-1 draw at Blackburn.
As big and hard earned as that draw was, it also was fourth game in row Pep Clotet’s pupils failed to win. 16th at the moment, Birmingham is way closer to relegation dogfight than it is to promotion glory. Make no mistakes, they aren’t in danger at the moment but should their crisis deepen…
After five wins in seven games, St. Andrew’s somehow became cursed for The Blues as Clotet’s team is yet to win here since October 26th. Tough schedule happened and Birmingham lost three out of four games here.
United hit another bump on the road back to Premier League as it took Stuart Dallas’s late deflected strike to rescue a point against Preston North End at Elland Road.
Three points behind Slaven Bilic’s West Brom, at the moment Leeds seems like a sure passenger to the top tier of English football. Seven-game winning streak got them eight points ahead of Brentford at 3rd but Bielsa’s men became complacent lately as Preston game was their third in a row without a win.
The Whites are second best team away from home. Before their defeat at Craven Cottage, Leeds was undefeated on the road since October 5th. Very well organized and compact, this United side is a far cry from the beautiful mess they were last year.
Pep Clotet will be missing a good chunk of his players for this clash. David Stockdale, Marc Roberts and Maikel Kieftenbeld are among more important absentees though their injury list boasts Jonathan Grounds, Cheick Keita and Jake Clarke-Salter.
Pablo Hernandez will be out for a month, following a hamstring injury but all others should be in contention for Bielsa’s side.
After they’ve stupidly dropped 3-goal lead v Cardiff, narrowly lost in London v Fulham and futilely dominated Preston, it’s time for United to get back on winning track. Birmingham are a mess right now and Bielsa is way too experienced to blow chance like this up.
Whoever watched Leeds this season might’ve noticed a trend in their game. They choke and strangle their opponents in the first half and finishing them up in second. In five of their last six away games, more goals were scored in second half. In Birmingham home games, same statistics match up in four of last five games. So I’d give it a try again.
Birmingham City vs Leeds United: Betting tips
Leeds United to Win @ 1.70
Half with Most Goals: 2nd Half @ 2.10