Coventry vs Birmingham
England – FA Cup
Date: Saturday, 25 January 2020
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: St. Andrew’s Stadium (Birmingham).
Birmingham are from the second division of English Football, while their counterparts are part of the third rung in the hierarchy. On top of that, Coventry have an opportunity to get promoted this season, and they might not want to get distracted at this point of their campaign. Likely, Birmingham emerge the favorites.
Coventry vs Birmingham Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last two games had goals from both teams.
- Five of the former seven wins had gone to Birmingham.
- Since 2002, only twice have encounters at this venue failed to have goals from both teams.
- Eight of the previous ten match-ups saw Coventry failing to keep a clean sheet.
Coventry vs Birmingham Match Preview
Coventry are currently placed fourth in their league table, and are just three points away from the top-most spot. Impressively, the team have played fewer games than any other squad above them in the table.
With the season entering its latter phase, it’s important that Coventry keep this form going on in order to have a great shot at promotion.
Likely, a deep run into the FA Cup knockouts might not be the best path to follow at this moment for the League One outfit.
Coventry vs Birmingham Prediction
Coventry were at home in the previous round of the competition, and they had taken on Bristol Rovers. The one-sided affair saw the hosts recording a 3-0 victory.
Meanwhile, Birmingham were at home, and they had been pitted against Blackburn. Putting their home advantage to good use, the team delivered a 2-1 victory to progress to the fourth round.
Talking about the result of this upcoming encounter, first and foremost take into consideration the fact that Birmingham are the much more competitive Championship, whereas Coventry are placed in the comparatively under-exposed League One.
Going on, the level of gameplay in the Championship are miles ahead that of their inferior leagues, considering they are practically known as the breeding ground for future PL teams.
As such, an in-form team from the said division will always be a force to reckon with, especially for teams from lower leagues.
In addition, Birmingham are unbeaten in their last four fixtures (of which two were wins), and they were invincible in six of the past seven road trips.
Moreover, only twice have Coventry won against this opponent since 2002, and they have kept a total of just two clean sheets in the period in h2h clashes.
Also it needs to be noted that Birmingham have been unbeaten in such battles this whole decade, and at this venue, only once have they failed to find the back of the net in the last twenty years.
Considering these findings, it’s inferred that Birmingham hold the upper hand, and that they should manage to win at least one half of the game.
Going on, the home advantage of Coventry, and the form they are in will come into play. Keep note that they are unbeaten in their last seven overall fixtures, and were so in 18 of their former 20.
They had also won five of their previous seven overall fixtures, and scored twice or more in four of their prior six. At home, they are on a run of nine unbeaten matches, and remained so in 21 of their last 22.
They are also on a scoring streak of seven games in front of the home crowd, and have failed to net goals at this venue just twice this whole season.
Moreover, Birmingham had failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 17 matches on the trot, and in their previous 11 on the road as well.
Finally, this is a cup competition, and that too the knockouts. Coupling this fact with the ones mentioned above, we find that the potential of BTTS rises to a considerable extent this Saturday.
Coventry vs Birmingham Betting Tips
Birmingham to Win Either Half @ 1.75 (3/4)
Both Teams to Score @ 1.83 (5/6).