Birmingham - Blackburn

Birmingham noticed a great season in their Premier League debut. Especially were good at their home soil when they had just 2 defeats (Villa and Bolton, both in September). Their main problem was limited number of players and as a consequence a big injury list through the season. They haven’t brought too many players and will suffer because of that, but no injury problems right now. New man is 202cm striker Nikola Zigic. I’m very suspicious about his scoring abilities, but his contribution will be to tight central defenders for himself and to allow Jerome to “run around” and some run on the flanks. Birmingham are unbeaten in their last 15 games and defeated Blackburn in last five at St Andrew's.


Rovers started the season with surprising (but, very lucky at the same time) home win over Everton 1-0. Personally, don’t have too much sympathy for their playing potential. Big Sam led them to 10th place last season and I would be really shocked to see them higher than that. Also they had a terrible away record last season, won just 3 games of 19 and scored only 13 goals! Key man David Dunn is injured, as well as another midfielder Vince Grella.


I've been thinking a lot about this one and can not fully exclude a possibility of a draw. Expect a tight game and home win, but will make a limitation.


Bet: Birmingham -0.25

Odd: 2.03  Pinnacle

Stake: 7/10


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