Derby vs Birmingham – England Championship Preview, Predictions & Betting Tips
Although most of the attention on Boxing Day will be directed towards the Premier League, us betting enthusiasts should also keep a keen eye on the Championship. It will also feature some very interesting games, and many teams will be looking to put themselves in a good position ahead of the new year. Two of them, Derby and Birmingham, go against each other in a derby for the playoff spots.
Derby County vs Birmingham – 27/12/2016
FT Result: Derby 1.70 or 7/10 Draw 3.75 or 11/4 Birmingham 5.75 or 19/4
Total Goals Over/Under 2.5: Over 2.10 or 11/10 Under 1.70 or 7/10
Both Teams To Score: Yes 2.00 or 1/1 No 1.72 or 8/11
This game actually features two of the luckier teams, since they get to play on the 27th of December instead of the second day of Christmas. Derby will be looking to continue their very good form – they haven’t lost a game since mid-October and had a great streak of 7 consecutive wins, which ended just last weekend when they drew 2-2 against Fulham. They haven’t lost at Pride Park since September, so it’s safe to say that their home crowd will fully back them again.
Meanwhile, after a very good start to the season, Birmingham has lost speed, especially away from home. They’ve only gathered 4 points in their last 5 away game, which includes some surprising losses against teams like Burton or Nottingham Forrest. Birmingham’s defense isn’t the best in the league either, conceding 29 times in 22 games so far. A loss against Derby could see them sliding down the table, but shouldn’t be treated as a tragedy with so many games still to be played.
Derby vs Birmingham Betting Tips
From a betting perspective, we expect the home team to do well here and at least avoid defeat, so 1X is the clear, easy bet. Derby to score is another good idea, while both teams to score can easily happen.
Birmingham has scored more goals than their opponents, and they’re more than likely to also concede. At the end of the day, you can also bet on a solo home win – Derby should be able to seal the deal here.
Team Total Goals – Derby Over 1.5 @ 1.86 or 20/23 with 138
Derby Win & Both To Score @ 3.75 or 11/4 with 138