Union Berlin vs Birmingham City
International Club Friendlies
Date: Tuesday, 11th July 2017
Kick-off at 17:00 am UK/ 18:00 CET
Venue: Neutral Venue in Austria.
Birmingham City FC start their preparations for a big season under Harry Redknapp with a friendly against second division German side Union Berlin on Tuesday evening. The match will be played at a neutral venue in Austria.
Union Berlin narrowly missed out on the promotion play-offs last season. But this will be a totally different season for them. They have already kicked-off their preparations for the new campaign with a couple of friendlies.
The 6-1 win against lower division side Magdeburg and 16-0 thrashing of the non-league side Breesener SV helped them in building some momentum. The 2.Bundesliga is set to start at the end of July, so the Berliners have a busy schedule ahead of the campaign.
Birmingham and Harry Redknapp arrived in Austria on Sunday and they will follow up the pre-season preparations with another friendly against Hapoel Ironi Kiryat Shmona from Israel. However, the first test will be a stubborn Union Berlin as Redknapp look to prepare a team set to challenge for Premier League promotion this season.
Union Berlin vs Birmingham City: Head-to-head
This is the first meeting between the two sides.
Union Berlin vs Birmingham City: Prediction
The Berliners are the fittest of the two squads, therefore the Championship outfit are expected to find the going tough in their first pre-season friendly match of the 2017/18 season.
However, this will be an entertaining contest with both sides being able to play without any pressure. Therefore, punters must expect a high number of goals from this encounter, so has been Berlin’s form in the previous two warm-up games.
Union Berlin vs Birmingham City: Betting Tips
Over 2.5 goals for 1.85 odds with Bet365.