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Birmingham can see off Sheffield Weds at St Andrews

Birmingham City vs Sheffield Wednesday Preview 22/02/2020

18 February 2020 | Championship | Preview
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Birmingham can see off Sheffield Weds at St Andrews

Birmingham City will welcome former manager, Garry Monk, to St Andrews on Saturday afternoon as The Blues look to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 matches following their solid point in last weekend’s 1-1 draw with high-flying Brentford.

Birmingham will no doubt be looking to go one step better this Saturday against a wobbling Sheffield Wednesday outfit who had earlier shown promise as potential challengers for a play-off spot, but The Owls have fallen away in dramatic fashion since.

No such worries for Birmingham at the moment as the hosts are unbeaten in their last 7 matches in the Championship which includes victories over Luton Town, Nottingham Forest, Bristol City and Barnsley as well as picking up useful points in draws with Cardiff City, Middlesbrough and Brentford.

The Blues have steadied the ship on home turf at St Andrews as well in recent weeks as the hosts are unbeaten in their last 3 matches, and with Aston Villa loanee, Scott Hogan, and Jutkiewicz starting to forge a promising partnership up front, Birmingham could well add to their points tally here.

Onto Sheffield Wednesday, and as mentioned earlier, The Owls embarked upon a promising stretch of results from the end of November through to just before Christmas which saw the visitors put together a 5-match unbeaten run which included 4 wins.

Victories over Charlton Athletic, Brentford, Nottingham Forest and Bristol City had seemingly set The Owls on course for a possible top six finish, but Garry Monk’s side have managed just 1 win out of their 10 subsequent matches overall in the Championship.

This alarming slump in form has resulted in Sheffield Wednesday dropping down to 12th place and now level on 44 points apiece with their hosts, Birmingham City, as both teams look to lift themselves up into the top half of the Championship this weekend.

Wednesday have also captured just 1 win from their last 5 matches on their travels which was a surprising 2-0 win away at Elland Road against Yorkshire rivals, Leeds United, but there’s been little to cheer about for Wednesday fans on the road in recent weeks.

The positive momentum therefore appears to favour Birmingham City ahead of this clash and as well as being unbeaten in their last 5 meetings overall against Sheffield Wednesday, The Blues are also unbeaten in their last three encounters at St Andrews too - winning the last two.

Predictions for Championship

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FulhamBrentford
13/03/2020 20:45
X
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West BromwichBirmingham City
14/03/2020 13:30
1
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Blackburn RoversBristol City
14/03/2020 16:00
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HuddersfieldWigan Athletic
14/03/2020 16:00
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England Championship - predictions, tips, statistics
Regular Season
OVERALL TABLE PTS GP W D L GF GA +/-
1. Leeds United 71 37 21 8 8 56 30 26
2. West Bromwich 70 37 19 13 5 64 37 27
3. Fulham 64 37 18 10 9 52 38 14
4. Brentford 60 37 17 9 11 64 33 31
5. Nottingham Forest 60 37 16 12 9 48 38 10
6. Preston North End 56 37 16 8 13 50 45 5
7. Bristol City 55 37 15 10 12 51 53 -2
8. Millwall 54 37 13 15 9 44 40 4
9. Cardiff City 54 37 13 15 9 52 50 2
10. Blackburn Rovers 53 37 14 11 12 52 45 7
11. Swansea City 53 37 13 14 10 46 45 1
12. Derby County 51 37 13 12 12 49 49 0
13. QPR 50 37 14 8 15 58 62 -4
14. Reading 48 37 13 9 15 46 42 4
15. Sheffield Wednesday 48 37 13 9 15 46 49 -3
16. Birmingham City 47 37 12 11 14 48 57 -9
17. Stoke City 42 37 12 6 19 49 55 -6
18. Huddersfield 42 37 11 9 17 45 58 -13
19. Middlesbrough 41 37 9 14 14 37 47 -10
20. Wigan Athletic 41 37 10 11 16 38 50 -12
21. Hull City 41 37 11 8 18 49 63 -14
22. Charlton Athletic 39 37 10 9 18 44 54 -10
23. Luton Town 35 37 10 5 22 43 71 -28
24. Barnsley 34 37 8 10 19 42 62 -20

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