Birmingham host Leeds on Friday night and we’ve got betting tips and predictions for the Championship match. Birmingham picked up only their second win under Gianfranco Zola seven days ago when they beat Wolves at Molineux. Carl Ikeme’s mid-handling set them on their way before David Davis powered an effort home against his former club. It was a nervy finish with Wolves pushing for an equaliser which never materialised. It was a huge relief for the Italian who has been under pressure since taking over from the popular Gary Rowett at St Andrews. Zola’s inauspicious start saw him lose three of his first four games in charge and he’ll have to work hard to convince the supporters he’s the right man for the job.
Birmingham vs Leeds Betting Tips
Whilst success down the road last week will have put smiles on the faces of Blues fans, they will want to quickly erase memories of the 4-1 hammering at the hands of QPR last time out at St Andrews. Zola has acquired just five points from a possible 21 at home since taking over and although his new signings are taking time to bed in, the Blues fans will not enter this match in a confident frame of mind. Prior to the Italian stepping into the dug-out, the Blues had lost just twice at home all season, they’ve since lost 4 of 7.
Leeds’ Garry Monk will serve a one match touchline ban for this game and will be forced to watch the Whites from the stands. That shouldn’t offer too much of a hindrance to his side who have been in very good form recently. An important 1-0 victory over fellow play-off rivals and near neighbours Sheffield Wednesday last weekend will have given them plenty of confidence coming into this. Jordan Rhodes’ penalty miss was a huge stroke of luck, but the Whites have played well recently and deserve their occupancy of 4th place. They have only won once in the last five away games which is a slight concern. That victory arrived in the 90th minute against Blackburn. They weren’t at the races in their last away outing at Portman Road in one their irregular disappointing performances, but Monk will have his side ready for this. They are unbeaten in three matches have one of the Championship’s in-form players Chris Wood leading the line.
Birmingham vs Leeds Predictions
Birmingham cannot be trusted despite that victory last week. Leeds are significantly better and tougher than Wolves so a Leeds win is our first Birmingham vs Leeds betting tip for Friday night. The best odds for Leeds to win are 29/20 with Betfair.
Both Teams have found the net in each of Leeds’ last five away matches whilst Birmingham netted against Brighton, Brentford and Fulham here so both teams to score looks a great bet for our next Birmingham vs Leeds tip this week. The best odds are 10/11 with Coral.
Chris Wood is a fairly short price for an anytime goalscorer bet, so take a look at Pablo Hernandez instead to score during the 90 minutes. The creative midfielder should be playing just behind the Kiwi and is likely to find space so he’s our final Championship betting tip for Birmingham vs Leeds this week. It’s 15/4 with bet365.
Birmingham vs Leeds Team News
Paul Robinson had his red card rescinded and will feature here for the Blues. Jonathon Grounds and Lukas Jutkiewicz are both back and have been training this week, they could feature. Clayton Donaldson remains a few weeks away from fitness.
Charlie Taylor makes his long awaited return from injury and could go straight into the side. Kemar Roofe could also come back in.
Birmingham vs Leeds Head to Head Stats
Leeds are unbeaten in their last three trips to St Andrews having picked up 2 wins and a draw. Birmingham surprisingly won 2-1 at Elland Road earlier in the season. Both teams have found the net in 5 of the last 6 meetings between the clubs.
Birmingham vs Leeds Betting Odds
Leeds are the favourites for this match, but they aren’t quite as short as many would expect. They are priced around 29/20 for success. 9/4 is the average price on Birmingham to pick up a rare home win. Chris Wood leads the way in the goalscorer market. Clayton Donaldson and Lukas Jutkiewicz are the next two in the betting, but neither could start here.