Middlesbrough vs Birmingham City
English League Championship
Date: Saturday, 11th August 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
Middlesbrough takes on Birmingham in another fixture from the second round of The EFL Championship. The home side has one game more though as they played rescheduled game on Tuesday.
Boro won 4 points in their opening 2 fixtures. The team battled to draw at The Den against Millwall and followed on Tuesday with a clean victory with 3-0 over Sheffield United. 3goals in the first half decided the outcome and the sides just waited for the rest of the game to pass.
Middlesbrough were a strong home side last year and will be looking to continue the trend. The team wants promotion and will have to win such games with ease. Still the team has a few absent players including Gastede, Ayala and McNair.
Birmingham barely survived last year and will be looking towards safer escape this time. The team opened up the season with an entertaining 2-2 draw against Norwich at home. The Blues went ahead twice but could not hold to their lead.
The team relied mostly on home games in the previous campaign and will have hard times on the road. Birmingham still has a decent team and will try to secure their faith earlier this campaign.
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham: Head-to-head
- Boro have 2 consecutive victories over Birmingham from last season both with clean sheets
- Boro is unbeaten in 8 games against Birmingham – 4 victories and 4 draws
- Boro have scored at least 2 goals in their opening 2 games
- Boro have 9 victories, 1 draw and 1 defeat at Riverside against Birmingham
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham: Predictions
Middlesbrough lost some key players from last season but still has the ambition to clinch promotion. Still the squad looks strong and will have to decide such games. Birmingham will be hoping to keep their goal intact as long as possible and are likely to play cautiously.
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham: Bet Tips
Middlesbrough to win at ¾ (1.75)
BTTS: No at 3/4 (1.75)
Correct score 2-0 at 13/2 (7.50).