Birmingham vs Norwich City
English League Championship
Date: Saturday, 4th August 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Andrews (Birmingham).
Two familiar sides face each other in the opening round of the EFL Championship. Both Birmingham and Norwich failed to impress last season and will be hoping to taunt their fortunes this year.
Birmingham escaped relegation after managerial changes and lots of turbulence. The team finished on 19th place too close to the drop zone for their taste. They needed to wait for the last round to secure their place.
Birmingham had a decent pre-season preparation. The Blues played 6 games getting 2 of each – victories, draws and defeats. Probably their best result was the 1-1 draw against Premier League side Brighton.
Norwich will want to put the last season behind. The team was at most average. Too many draws crippled their points tally. They improved a bit in the second half of the season but still finished nowhere near they wanted to be.
Farke will be trying to build up on last year and finish at least in the top half of the table. The Canaries have played a lot of friendlies this pre-season. Most teams have 5-6 games but Norwich played 8 trying different squads and formations. Their final tally was 5 wins 1 draw and 2 losses.
Birmingham vs Norwich City: Head-to-head
- Last season Norwich won both head to head clashes with a clean sheet
- Norwich won their last 3 games against Birmingham keeping clean sheets in all of them
- At least 1 team failed to score in the last 5 head to head clashes
Birmingham vs Norwich City: Predictions
Birmingham and Norwich both produced a lot of draws last season with 0-0 or 1-1 results. The hosts are likely to be happier to avoid defeat while the Canaries will be pushing a bit forward. This game looks likely to be decide by 1 or max 2 goals.
Birmingham vs Norwich City: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals at 1.65
Norwich 0.0 Asian Handicap at 2.10.