Stoke City vs Birmingham City
English League Championship
Date: Saturday, 20th October 2018
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Bet 365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Who would have guessed that Birmingham which barely survived last season and relegated from the Premier League Stoke will face each other sitting just 3 places apart in the table.
The Potters season is not going according to plans. Garry Rowett’s side started slowly and currently sits on 14th place. Still it is early in the season and Stoke are just 3 points behind the playoffs. The team needs a lot more stability in their games. They improved in the weeks before the international break but they need to keep that same level of play in the upcoming fixtures.
Stoke City took their 4th victory this season last round. They had a tough visit at Carrow Road facing local Norwich. They let their hosts to keep control of the game but restricted their chances and tried to hit them on the counter. Klose scored an own goal in the first half and the minimal lead was more than enough for the visitors to take all the points.
Birmingham are the kings of the draw this season. The Blues have drawn incredible 8 games out of their 12 overall. This is more of a concern that a praise as the team loses too many points this way. This is mainly due to their good defensive record averaging only 1 goal conceded per game. Lately they started scoring and conceding a bit but in the opening stages of the league the team had some goalless draws.
Before the international break Birmingham took a vital victory. It was their second this season after they managed to stun Leeds at Elland road with 1-2 on 22nd of September. This time they won 3-1 and their main man Jutkievicz stole the spotlight. He netted 3 goals for his team bringing the game to a close before Rotherham managed to net one back in.
Stoke City vs Birmingham: Head-to-head
- Stoke won its last 2 games keeping a clean sheet
- Stoke scored exactly 2 goals in 4 of their last 5 games
- Birmingham is unbeaten in 8 games – 2 victories and 6 draws
- Both teams scored in each of Birmingham’s last 4 games
- 3 out of 4 games at this stadium between the sides saw less than 1.5 goals
Stoke City vs Birmingham: Predictions
Stoke City are still eying a top 6 finish and will need to start winning such matches as against Birmingham. Still the Blues are a tough nut to break and may cause some troubles. Goals at both ends look likely and The Potters should be the team regarded as favourites.
Stoke City vs Birmingham: Bet Tips
Stoke to win at 2.00 (1/1)
Both teams to score at 1.90 (9/10).