Birmingham vs Reading
English League Championship
Date: Tuesday 31st January 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium, Birmingham.
Gianfranco Zola commented that his players have shown good commitment in his team’s 2-0 away defeat at Norwich City on the weekend. But he is yet to register a win since taking over from Gary Rowett in December. The win-less streak has now stretched to 9 games in all competitions. Seven of which has come in the league that resulted in 3 draws and 4 losses. The Blues are 12th in the league, falling behind the play-off zone by 8 points.
Reading moved up to third in the table after defeating Cardiff City 2-1 on the weekend. They are now 6 points behind the second placed Newcastle and 8 league points behind league leaders Brighton. Jaap Staam will be relying on team spirit to better his team’s record in away matches. They won 2 and lost 3 of the last 5 games on the road.
Birmingham vs Reading: Head-to-head stats
The reverse leg of the current season at Reading ended in a 0-0 draw.
Birmingham are unbeaten in 5 matches against Reading with 4 wins and a draw.
Reading’s last win over Birmingham came on the away leg during the 2013/14 Championship season.
Both teams have scored in the last three meetings at the St. Andrew’s Stadium in Birmingham.
Birmingham vs Reading: Prediction
The form and momentum is with Jaap Staam’s side and they will on high spirits after bagging consecutive league wins. Birmingham can take some confidence from their superior h2h record as they haven’t lost to Reading since 2014. But this will be a tough battle and we believe Reading will remain unbeaten piling further pressure on their opponents.
Birmingham vs Reading: Bet Tips
Double Chance – Draw or Reading at 1/2 (1.50)
Over 2.5 goals at 1/1 (2.00).