Norwich City vs Birmingham City
England – Championship.
Date: Friday, 18th January 2019.
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Carrow Road (Norwich).
The high flying Norwich City will play the Blues at home in Round 28 of the English Championship.
Yellows are third in the league table with 50 points. A win would send them to the second spot and will reduce the gap with the toppers Leeds United by a point. The Canaries have been in red hot scoring form with a total of 49 goals so far but failed to defend their own goal conceding 35 in return.
Including 2 defeats they are without a win in the last 5 matches they played. Both teams scored in three of their most recent games in both FA Cup and the Championship. Less than 2.5 goals were scored in total in 3 of those 5 matches also.
The Canaries are also on a 2 game losing streak in front of their home crowd. In 4 of their previous 5 matches at home, the final score had over 3.5 goals in total and both teams found goals too. The most recent loss in the league was against Derby who plays similarly to their opponents for Friday.
Blues have already fallen short in the title race. They have won only 9 games and tend to draw most of their games. This is due to the 30 goals they conceded in return to the 39 they scored. With such a defense they will not have a positive result against Norwich for sure.
Currently, the visitors are suffering from a 2 game losing streak. The latest of those losses were against Middleborough at home. Once again their defense failed to clear the ball out of their box as the opponents took advantage and won the match 1-2. Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of their recent 5 matches.
After a 4 game unbeaten run that included 2 wins away from home, they lost the game against West Ham in the FA Cup. The Hammers were a class apart, Garry Monks team could not keep their shape under pressure.
Talking about pressure, they will have heaps of it against Norwich. If the h2h stats are anything to go by the Yellows will get an easy 3 points on Friday.
Norwich City vs Birmingham: Head-to-head (h2h)
- Yellows have won 3 and lost only once in the last 5 h2h matches against these opponents.
- Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 3 of those 5 matches splayed across all venues.
- Currently, Norwich is unbeaten in the last 4 matches against Birmingham.
- They are also on a 6 match unbeaten run against these opponents with 4 wins included.
- The Canaries have a 2 match win streak at this ground in h2h matches against the hosts.
- Less than 2.5 goals were scored in 4 of their recent 5 h2h games between these two teams at this venue.
Norwich City vs Birmingham: Prediction
The hosts are on a 2 game win streak against the Blues and they have never lost to them since 2005. I do not see that record to be broken on Friday as they are in great form at the moment. Even though the yellows lost the last 2 home matches I think they will have an easy win. So a bet can be made on the hosts to win with 1.85 odds.
In 4 of the last 5 home games played by the home side, the score was over 3.5 goals in total. With the visitors conceding 30 goals this season, and with 14 of their games having more than 2.5 goals we can bet on this upcoming match to end with over 2.5 goals with 2.00 odds.
Norwich City vs Birmingham: Betting Tips
Norwich City to win @ 1.85 (6/7).
Over 2.5 goals @ 2.00 (1/1).