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Stoke vs Birmingham: Our top betting tips
Stoke and Birmingham both look destined for a midtable finish this season – even if it is only November. Who will come out on top when they clash here? Find out with our Stoke vs Birmingham match preview with free tips, predictions and odds mentioned along the way.
Calling it a draw
We begin the predictions for this match by backing a draw. Stoke have won two of their last five whilst losing the other three whilst Birmingham have also only won two of their last five but, notably, drawing two of the other three as well. Either way, neither side are in particularly compelling form to lead us towards a ‘win' prediction. That remains true when focussing on the respective home and away form as well; Stoke have taken four points from their last 15 available at home with Birmingham losing two of their last three games on the road. Combine that with three of the last four head to head meetings ending all square and a draw bet seems like a good shout.
Going under 2.5 goals
Our next tip for this match comes from the total goals market and we are backing under 2.5 goals. Stoke have gone under 2.5 goals in four of their last five matches with a game average of just 2.0 goals per match. Birmingham meanwhile have also seen just one of their last five games go beyond the all important 2.5 marker; their game average in that period sits at 1.8 goals per game. On top of that, four of the last five head to head meetings between these sides have come up short of three goals.
Here are the key stats & form guide for Stoke vs Birmingham
A midtable meeting between two inconsistent sides
Neither of these sides are exactly setting the world alight this season but midtable positions in the Championship are quite unique in that a run of form – positive or negative – could transform what your campaign looks like very quickly. With Birmingham and Stoke close to one another in the table, this is a good opportunity for one of them to take a positive step.
It's been an indifferent period for Stoke but they'll hope to put up a good showing in front of their own fans here. On the team news front, the Potters will be missing a couple of players. Gavin Kilkenny and Harry Souttar, who have both been absent from selection for a while, won't be involved.
Stoke Predicted lineup – Bursik, Fox, Jagielka, Wilmot, Tymon, Baker, Thompson, Clarke, Powell, Brown, Gayle
Like their hosts, Birmingham have found consistency a problem this season hence they're locked in midtable right now. They too are missing a few players for this match. Gary Gardner, Marc Roberts and Przemyslaw Placheta are all out with injuries.
Birmingham Predicted lineup – Ruddy, Sanderson, Dean, Trusty, Colin, Mejbri, Bielik, Chong, Emmanuel, Hogan, Deeney
A quickfire FAQ on Stoke vs Birmingham
- Where is the match being hosted? – Bet365 Stadium
- Who do the bookmakers have as favourites? – Stoke
- What time does the match kick off? 3 PM GMT