Burton Albion vs Birmingham City
2017/18 EFL Championship
Date: Friday, 18th August 2017
Kick off at 19:45 UK/20:45 CET
Venue: Pirelli Stadium.
The opening game of the 4th round of The Championship opposes Burton and Birmingham. Both teams are likely to be involved in relegation battle and this is an early six pointer for both.
Burton were involved in a midweek action against promotion hopefuls Hull City. The Brewers suffered a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Britt Assombalonga and company. The prolific striker netted twice while Burton substitute Hope Akpam saw the red just 13 mins after he came off the bench.
Meantime, Birmingham City found it hard to break down Bolton’s defensive line. Still their efforts were futile and the team looked helpless in the final third. The final goalless draw was the product of both teams failing to do anything creative up front.
Form and Tactical Analysis
Harry Redknapp so far switched through several formation in the opening 3 games none of which gave the team enough attacking threat. They rely on the classic 4 at the back and Redknapp surprised a few critics with his very cautious approach in the home game against Bolton.
Birmingham got 4 points so far this season with 3 coming from the very important 2-1 victory over Bristol City. The team problem from last year with finding the net still persists as The Blues failed to score in 2 out of their 3 opening games.
Clough usually fields his team in a deep 4-1-4-1 formation. The Brewers usually try to keep its shape most of the time and hit their opponent on the counter. Versatile Lucas Akins lead the line all 3 Championship games but failed to impress.
Burton are in poor form with 3 straight defeats since the start of the season. The lonely scored goal pales in comparison to the 6 the team conceded in its first 3 games.
The team appears to have some disciplinary problem as Clough boys finished both their recent games with 10 man on the field.
Burton Albion vs Birmingham City: Head to head
There are just 3 games between the sides 2 of which were last season and a friendly played back in 2015.
All 3 games the victors were Burton with the exact same score of 2-0.
Burton Albion vs Birmingham City: Prediction
Both teams are lacking in attacking department and prefer a cautious approach. Both Burton and Birmingham also failed to score in 2 of their last 3 games which leans heavily towards a low scoring game.
The cautious approach will be most noticeable in the first minutes of the game. The teams will prefer not to concede rather than scoring themselves. The goalless draw at half time looks a likely result.
Burton Albion vs Birmingham City: Bet Tips
Pick: Under 2.5 goals for 1.65 with Pinnacle.
Second Pick: 0-0 at half time for 2.60 with Bet365.