Birmingham v Cardiff betting tips – Both teams looking to close in on top six
Birmingham have a battle on their hands tomorrow evening against a tasty Bluebirds side
December 17th, 2015
Each season the fight for promotion to the Premier League seems to get harder and harder, this year being no exception. It may not be quite as close as least season, however things are still pretty close in the top half of the table and victory for either Birmingham or Cardiff would greatly improve their chances of making it to the promised land.
Birmingham City are currently in eighth position in the league table with 30 points and a win at St Andrews tomorrow evening would see them rise to just one point short of the top six.
Indeed, they remain in the hunt thanks to a decent run of form, having grabbed themselves six draws and eight wins, although they are winless in their last five Championship games, their last victory being a 5-2 hammering of Fulham at Craven Cottage in early November.
This will undoubtedly be a cause of concern for manager Gary Rowett, although they halted their three-match winless run with back-to-back draws against Birmingham City and Preston North End, the latter match seeing Michael Morrison rescue a point thanks to a header in the second half after Preston took the lead. Paddy Power go 6/4 for a Birmingham City win tomorrow evening.
Rower felt that his Blues side fully deserved the win against North End on Tuesday evening, however he is refusing to panic at this stage, despite his men struggling for wins lately. He said:
“We conceded a very poor goal which we should have dealt with much better, but our goalkeeper has maybe made one save. We have had five one-on-ones, hit the bar, hit the post and their keeper has made three or four unbelievable saves.
“For the home keeper to get the man-of-the-match award tells you we should have won comfortably. We should have won tonight and a couple more games with those chances.
“After we scored I thought we would go on and win the game. We should have come away with three points really comfortably.”
Things are slightly better for Cardiff City heading into this match. They sit three points and a single place above tomorrow’s opponents and a win in the West Midlands ahead of the weekend would lift them into the play-off places, although perhaps only for a day. They won’t be short on confidence either, given that they are currently enjoying a four-game unbeaten run.
They stormed to a 2-0 half-time lead against Brentford on Tuesday evening but were made to work very hard with the Bees pulling things level before Kenwyne Jones made sure of the points for the Bluebirds with a goal three minutes into injury time. Manager Russell Slade made no secret of his relief after the final whistle.
“We have been in that position a couple of times recently and again we should have got a third goal and erased any fears of Brentford getting back into the game,” he said. “We had chances to do that, it did not happen and once we conceded you saw the nerves in the side and the potential for them to get back in.
“But to come through it, when you have been through it twice and it looks like it is happening again, was excellent. We showed great unity to get the winner. We kept going got the winner and that is going to make a huge difference for us in terms of confidence moving forward.”
Looking at the recent form of both sides, we’re expecting a win for Cardiff City, although they won’t be having it their own way by any means and our tip for this match is a Cardiff City win and both teams scoring at odds of 6/1 with Bet365.