Leicester – Birmingham Predictions
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Leicester 1-0 Birmingham
Date: 04.03.2020 | Match at: 20:45 | League: ENGLAND: FA Cup – 1/8-finals | Tip: Over 2.5 Goals | Odds: 1.54 | Bookie: Bet365
- Leicester City’s form has tailed off in recent weeks after just two wins in ten competitive matches (W2, D3, L5). They have been particularly vulnerable after half-time during that run, with nine of their 12 goals conceded coming in the second half. Furthermore, six of those efforts come after the 69th minute.
- Another area of concern for boss Brendan Rodgers will be his team’s wavering attack that has failed to score in three consecutive games for the first time this season. They have scored in their last seven FA Cup fixtures though, with their previous three goals in the competition coming before half-time.
- Impressively, Birmingham City head to Leicester undefeated in 13 competitive matches (W5, D8 – 90 minutes only). Their success in that run has been partly built on an attack that has scored 2+ goals in four of their previous eight fixtures (within 90 minutes). Their defence hasn’t been particularly tight though, with both teams scoring in six of those eight matches.
- It’s been tough to call Birmingham’s matches away at Leicester considering the recent tight H2H record between the two here (W2, D1, L2). Interestingly though, they have scored exactly two goals in four of their previous five visits here.
- Players to watch: Kelechi Iheanacho has scored two goals across his previous two domestic cup appearances for Leicester – both strikes proved to be his side’s only goals of the game.
- Scott Hogan is on fire for Birmingham, netting six goals across his previous seven competitive matches – four of those strikes came in away fixtures.
- Stat attack: Leicester have won three of their previous four FA Cup home matches ‘to nil’.
- There’s been over 2.5 goals in three of Leicester’s previous four competitive home matches.
- Birmingham have conceded the opening goal in each of their previous four FA Cup away matches that didn’t finish 0-0.