Birmingham vs Leeds Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Birmingham vs Leeds Predictions, Betting Tips and Match Previews

Birmingham

2017-03-03
19:45
St Andrew's

VS

Leeds

Birmingham vs Leeds predictions for the Friday night game in the Championship. Our betting tips suggest there will be goals at both ends.

Birmingham VS Leeds Predictions

Both Team To Score Tip: YES

Reason For Birmingham VS Leeds Betting Tips

Playing Friday, gives Leeds a chance to put some pressure on some of the other promotion hopefuls, a few of whom are guaranteed to drop points given they play each other. Leeds head South as favourites but Birmingham come into the match after an important win and there looks to be potential for goals at both ends in this one.

It is has been a very tough start to life in the Second City for Gianfranco Zola but he eased some of the pressure on himself with a 2-1 derby win at Wolves last Friday. It was only his 2nd win in 15 attempts as Blues boss but both those wins did come in February and they do now have some of their better attacking players back. Both teams have scored in all of Birmingham’s last 3 games and in 56% of their league games this term. However, they’ve really struggled to keep clean sheets with only 3 in their last 25 matches in all competitions, which strongly suggests Leeds will have some joy in front of goal in this game.

That will offer plenty of encouragement to Leeds striker Chris Wood. The Kiwi is the joint top scorer in the division with 20 goals and has netted 9 in his last 10 league outings. Therefore, he is a man at the very top of his game right now, so backing Wood to score anytime looks a decent idea here and this is a ground he knows well having enjoyed a brief spell at Birmingham a few years back.

Leeds haven’t been quite as solid at the back in recent weeks though and have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 7 matches in all competitions. They’ve gone 12 games without a clean sheet away from home and both teams have scored in 56% of their away games in the league so there is also solid reasoning to believe Birmingham will score at some point in the game.

Therefore, this is a match that has genuine potential to produce chances at both ends of the pitch and given that backing Both Teams to Score at 5/6 looks to offer value.

Head To Head

Meetings between Birmingham and Leeds have tended to favour the team playing away of late. The last 3 clashes have all ended in away wins and Leeds have won on 3 of their last 5 visits to St Andrews, losing just once.

Birmingham VS Leeds Stats

Birmingham have lost 4 of their last 7 home games in all competitions, winning just once. Leeds away games average 2.75 goals per game in the Championship this season. Their joint most common away scoreline is a 2-1 win.

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