Birmingham City vs Cardiff City Betting Tip Away Win & BTTS – 18 January 2020

Big away win for the Bluebirds

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Birmingham City vs Cardiff City
18th January 1500hrs
Football – England – EFL Championship
Pick Away Win & BTTS
Bookmaker Bet365
Odds: 9/2 odds taken 13:00 GMT, Thursday 16 January

Neil Harris’ Cardiff City were hit for six in their last away match in the EFL Championship. Can the unpredictable Bluebirds strike back and pick up their third league away win of the season this Saturday? Cardiff travel to St Andrew’s to face Pep Clotet’s Birmingham City, who have not won at home in the Championship since October. This is a fascinating fixture in England’s second tier.

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Birmingham City Preview – Will the Blues make it three victories on the spin?

Pep Clotet has made an indifferent start to life at St Andrew’s. The Spaniard was initially brought in on an interim basis, but he was given the job full time in December. So far, the Blues have won nine, drawn five and lost 13 of their 27 league matches.

Birmingham’s poor first-half to the season has them languishing in 18th spot with 19 matches left to play. They are closer to the bottom three than the play-offs, as City find themselves just eight points ahead of 22nd-place Barnsley.

Last time out, though, Birmingham picked up a crucial three points at struggling Luton Town. They also recently beat Blackburn Rovers in the cup, but the victory at Kenilworth Road was their first league win in over a month.

Our betting prediction:
Cardiff to score first
107/100

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(odds taken 13:11 GMT, Thursday 16 January)

 
Birmingham have one of the worst home records in the second tier, winning just five of 14. The Blues have failed to win at St Andrew’s in Championship action since beating Luton 2-1 way back in October. Clotet’s men need to put that right sooner rather than later.

 

Cardiff City Preview – Can the Bluebirds pick up a rare away win?

Cardiff City have been hard to beat under Neil Harris, losing only two of 11 Championship matches. However, the Bluebirds crashed to a humbling defeat at Queens Park Rangers on New Year’s Day in their last away league match. Since then, though, City held rivals Swansea City to a goalless draw in the Welsh capital last weekend and beat Carlisle United in an FA Cup replay.

Cardiff don’t lose many, but no side in the second tier have drawn more games than the Welsh outfit up until now, as 11 of their 27 matches have ended level. Also, Cardiff have won just nine times in the Championship.

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Harris’ troops still have eyes for the top six. At the time of writing, Cardiff are just four points behind sixth place. However, if the Bluebirds want to be involved in the end-of-season lottery, their form away from the Cardiff City Stadium will need to improve drastically. City have won just twice on the road, although both of those victories have come since Harris joined.

 

Birmingham City vs Cardiff City Betting Advice

Cardiff are still on the heels of the top six, despite winning just one of their last seven. Victory in the Midlands on Saturday could close the gap even further.

Birmingham will be hoping to build on their back-to-back league and cup wins, but this will no doubt be a tough game. When the teams met at the Cardiff City Stadium back in November, Cardiff came from behind to secure a 4-2 win in a six-goal thriller.

 

Key Facts – Birmingham City vs Cardiff City Betting Tip

  • Birmingham have lost five of their last seven in the Championship
  • Cardiff have lost just two league games since Harris arrived
  • The Bluebirds are only four points adrift of the play-off places

 

I can see something similar unfolding at St Andrew’s on Saturday. I’m tipping Cardiff to win and both teams to score, which you can get at the very tempting price of 9/2.

As for the first goalscorer, look no further than Lee Tomlin. The Cardiff playmaker has been in sensational form of late, scoring four times since October. At 8/1, the 31-year-old is certainly worth taking a look at.

 

The best betting odds for Birmingham City vs Cardiff City

Birmingham City to win: 7/5 at Bet365
Draw: 12/5 at Bet365
Cardiff City to win: 19/10 at Bet365


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