Middlesbrough vs Birmingham
England – Championship
Date: Tuesday, 21 January 2020
Kick-off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: Riverside Stadium (Middlesbrough).
It has been over two months since Middlesbrough last stumbled at Riverside Stadium. With Birmingham faring poorly in their recent visits here as well, the hosts are unlikely to drop any points on Tuesday.
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham Head to head (h2h)
- Their last clash here ended in a 1-0 win for Middlesbrough.
- Three out of their past five meetings have featured fewer than 2.5 goals on the charts.
- Both teams have found the back of the net together in just two of their previous five encounters.
- None of their last five games have ended as a tie.
- Birmingham have registered the win just once in their past ten fixtures. (W-1, D-3, L-6)
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham Prediction
Middlesbrough were at the losing end of a 1-0 scorecard against Fulham last week on the road, marking a second consecutive defeat in all competitions. The hosts hardly an impact in that latter clash, in all honesty, and finished the ninety minutes with just one measly shot on target.
Be that as it may, the home team have admitted defeat just twice in their past nine games in the second division. With thirty-three points to their name, Middlesbrough are currently just one-point shy of overtaking Birmingham on the ladder.
On the other hand, the visitors, are enjoying a two-game unbeaten streak at the moment. Their last clash which was at home, saw the guests hold Cardiff to a 1-1 draw. While on the road, they took down Luton with a narrow 2-1 scoreline.
Having said that, Birmingham have come away with the win just once in their past eight Championship fixtures. Miserably, they have also garnered no more than five points from a possible twenty-four.
To make matters worse, the visiting cavalry have failed to secure the bragging rights in eight of their last ten outings. Taking into account that they have not picked up the win in four of their previous five visits here either, count on Middlesbrough to come out on top in this one.
Furthermore, the hosts have been tough to breach at home this term. Impressively, they have kept a clean sheet in half of their past eight games here, and have conceded no more than six goals in the process too.
Considering that all of their previous four h2h meetings here on the trot have also been low scoring affairs, it is certainly safe to expect fewer than 2.5 goals this week.
Middlesbrough vs Birmingham Betting tips
Middlesbrough to win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Under 2.5 goals @ 1.70 (7/10).