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Preston North End v Birmingham City - Match Preview

15 March 2019 | Championship | Preview
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Preston North End v Birmingham City - Match Preview

Preston North End extended their unbeaten run to 11 matches in the Championship during the week when they recorded a valuable 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough which became back-to-back wins on the road following their 1-0 win away at Blackburn Rovers last weekend.

Preston return to Deepdale this Saturday to play host to Birmingham City, and the hosts will fancy their chances of maintaining their unbeaten run against a Birmingham outfit who  have lost their last three league matches on the trot.

The hosts may not be guaranteed of all three points here though despite being unbeaten in their last six matches on home soil, as five of these matches have ended in stalemates with draws against Aston Villa, Swansea City, Derby County, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City.

Preston have managed just one win during this sequence which was a 3-1 home win against Championship league leaders, Norwich City, so the hosts need to continue to be respected here.

The hosts are also very capable of scoring goals with the likes of midfielders Browne (11 goals), Johnson and Gallagher (6 goals apiece) along with forward Robinson (9 goals), and they’ll be hard to shift at Deepdale. Midfielder Barkhuizen is out injured for the hosts.

Birmingham City slumped to a third defeat on the trot when they suffered a 2-0 loss at home to Millwall during the week which followed defeats to Hull City and their bitter west midlands rivals, Aston Villa, and they face a tough trip to Preston this Saturday.

The Blues have now slipped down to a mid-table position of 12th in the Championship, and each defeat that passes could mean an even greater impact upon the club as they still await their punishment from the Football League for an infringement of the financial fair play laws.

If Birmingham are handed a points deduction, which seems a possible outcome at this stage, then Garry Monk’s side could be dumped right into the relegation battle at the bottom of the Championship.

The visitors therefore have every reason to pull their socks up and put a shift in at Deepdale, and with Maghoma and Jota returning from being rested in midweek and a fit again Jutkiewicz (10 goals) up front with leading goalscorer Adams (21 goals), Birmingham will give it a good go here.

Preston have actually performed better away from Deepdale in recent weeks while Birmingham have to get a result here and stop the rot. This could end up a draw.

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England Championship - predictions, tips, statistics
Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Norwich City 94 46 27 13 6 93 57 36
2. Sheffield United 89 46 26 11 9 78 41 37
3. Leeds United 83 46 25 8 13 73 50 23
4. West Bromwich 80 46 23 11 12 87 62 25
5. Aston Villa 76 46 20 16 10 82 61 21
6. Derby County 74 46 20 14 12 69 54 15
7. Middlesbrough 73 46 20 13 13 49 41 8
8. Bristol City 70 46 19 13 14 59 53 6
9. Nottingham Forest 66 46 17 15 14 61 54 7
10. Swansea City 65 46 18 11 17 65 62 3
11. Sheffield Wednesday 64 46 16 16 14 60 62 -2
12. Hull City 62 46 17 11 18 66 68 -2
13. Brentford 61 45 16 13 16 72 59 13
14. Birmingham City 61 46 14 19 13 64 58 6
15. Preston North End 61 46 16 13 17 67 67 0
16. Blackburn Rovers 60 46 16 12 18 64 69 -5
17. Stoke City 55 46 11 22 13 45 52 -7
18. Wigan Athletic 52 46 13 13 20 51 64 -13
19. QPR 51 46 14 9 23 53 71 -18
20. Reading 47 46 10 17 19 49 66 -17
21. Millwall 44 46 10 14 22 48 64 -16
22. Rotherham 40 46 8 16 22 52 83 -31
23. Bolton Wanderers 32 45 8 8 29 29 77 -48
24. Ipswich Town 31 46 5 16 25 36 77 -41

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