Sunday, December 5, 2021

Birmingham City 11/10 to beat Reading in Saturday’s Championship matchup

Competition: Championship

Market: Birmingham City win

Odds: 11/10 @ 888sport

Smelling the real chance to extend on their recent purple patch this weekend, Birmingham will welcome Reading to St. Andrew’s on Saturday afternoon.

Starting with the hosts, while Birmingham might have endured a nightmare run of form last month, the Blues have managed to find a much-needed boost. Skyrocketing their way away from the drop zone and now just a single point adrift of breaking into the top-half, Lee Bowyer’s side were last seen earlier in the week putting in another impressive display. With Scott Hogan bagging himself back-to-back strikes, the Midlands outfit cruised their way to a 3-0 romp against Bristol City at St. Andrew’s. Smelling a real chance to lay down another marker on home soil, Birmingham have won each of their last three Championship contests on the spin. With that run highlighted by a 2-1 win against Swansea on October 23rd, the former Charlton boss has also seen his side secure back-to-back wins against Saturday’s opponents.

As for the visitors, with it appearing like they’re soon to be hit with a points deduction, Reading find themselves in the midst of a struggle both on and off the pitch. Continuing to freefall their way down the Championship table, the Royals were last seen in midweek getting hit with a 1-0 defeat against Millwall on the road. Losing each of their last four second-tier matchups on the spin, a run highlighted by a 3-2 defeat against Blackpool, they have also continued to gain a reputation for their issues on the road. Losing three of their last four fixtures outside of Berkshire, Veljko Paunović’s men could be bracing themselves for a tough test at St. Andrew’s. Suffering back-to-back defeats against a high-flying Birmingham last season, we’re backing a home victory this weekend at attractive odds.

Bet: Birmingham City 11/10 to beat Reading in Saturday’s Championship matchup @ 888sport

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tom Dunstan


Formerly of The Independent, Tom is a freelance football and boxing journalist from Essex, England. Currently working for three online publications, Tom is a graduate of the University of Falmouth and has spent the last two years writing across Australia, New Zealand and Asia. He can be followed at @IamTomDunstan

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