Match Preview: Birmingham 1-3 Middlesbrough Predictions and Betting Tips 02.01.2023

Birmingham – Middlesbrough Predictions

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Birmingham 1-3 Middlesbrough

Date: 02.01.2023 | Match at: 16:00 | League: ENGLAND: CHAMPIONSHIP – ROUND 26 | Tip: Over 1.5 Goals | Odds: 1.36 | Bookie: Unibet.


Match Preview Birmingham – Middlesbrough Predictions

  • It’s now back-to-back games without scoring for Birmingham City after they conceded the fastest goal of the Championship season against Burnley on December 27th (L 3-0), before suffering a late sucker punch in a 1-0 defeat against Hull last Friday. Those results have brought many Blues fans back down to earth, although they still trail the top six by just four points ahead of this round, so there remains plenty of reason to dream.
  • It’s not all bad at St Andrew’s as Blues boss John Eustace has overseen their best 25-game record since 2018/19, and with no finish higher than 17th since 2016, it appears Birmingham are still a club on the up. Even so, the hosts are without a win in four of their last five home league games and are yet to win a game as pre-match outsiders here this season (D4, L2).
  • An excellent start to managerial life continued for Middlesbrough boss Michael Carrick as a come from behind 2-1 win at Blackburn secured a sixth win from just nine games in charge (W6, D1, L2) as his side moved into the play-offs at the end of 2022. Carrick has deservedly come in for plaudits in the press and has praised the incredible “spirit and togetherness” amongst the Boro players and staff.
  • That cohesion is perhaps typified by the fact that no Championship player has provided more assists to a teammate than Ryan Giles to Boro’s 12-goal man Chuba Akpom, with the latter recently gushing “I love that man!”. Playing away doesn’t tend to stop their flow either, as only second-placed Sheffield United have a better record than Boro across the last five away games (W4, L1) and no side has scored more than their 11 goals.
  • Players to watch: Birmingham’s Troy Deeney has averaged 0.57 goal contributions per game across his 14 career meetings with Middlesbrough (G6, A2), although he is without a goal across the last four meetings. Trying to outdo him will be Boro’s strong-travelling forward Marcus Forss; he has now contributed to five goals across his last four away appearances (G2, A3).
  • Hot streak: Middlesbrough are unbeaten in each of their last nine league games to open a calendar year (W5, D4).

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