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Birmingham vs Brentford: Blues have done well against Bees

Kick-off: 1230, 12/09/2020

Stadium: St Andrew’s Stadium

TV: Sky Sports

Birmingham finished 31 points below Brentford in the Championship last season but maintained a good head-to-head record against the Bees.

City took four points from two tight tussles, having picked up a couple of draws during the previous campaign’s hard-fought encounters.

We’re snapping up 91/100 for the Blues to avoid defeat again here for our first Birmingham vs Brentford prediction.

A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds

Birmingham failed to win after returning from lockdown last term, suffering six defeats in their final nine fixtures.

That miserable run left City just two points and a couple of places above the drop zone, with the most recent victory coming way back in February.

However, that didn’t put former Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest manager Aitor Karanka off coming to St Andrew’s and he has been busy rebuilding a squad low on confidence.

Ex-Boro players Adam Clayton and George Friend are among the new arrivals, along with attacking midfielders Jon Toral and Ivan Sanchez, winger Jonathan Leko and keeper Andres Prieto.

Karanka’s reign got off to a shaky start with last week’s EFL Cup loss to Cambridge, but his harsh comments will hopefully spark a quick upturn in fortunes.

He said: “I could say that we’ve only been here for four weeks, that we didn’t have a full squad, but I don’t like excuses. We need to do better and improve.”

Karanka’s teams are traditionally hard to break down and 4/5 for under 2.5 goals in this game stands out from the Birmingham vs Brentford odds.

A Look At Brentford’s Betting Odds

Brentford must pick themselves up from missing out on promotion in heart-breaking fashion on two fronts.

Losing their last couple of regular-season matches cost the Bees an automatic spot in the Premier League.

Swansea were then beaten in the play-offs, but an extra-time defeat against Fulham at Wembley ended the dream of going up.

A makeshift side celebrated the opening of Brentford’s new stadium with a penalty shoot-out win over Wycombe in the EFL Cup.

However, preparations for the new campaign have been hampered by nine players being absent due to international duty.

Transfer rumours may also affect the likes of Ollie Watkins, David Raya, Said Benrahma and Rico Henry ahead of this tricky trip.

Let’s take a chance on City to prevail at 31/10 and add 21/2 for a 1-0 home win to our Birmingham vs Brentford betting tips.

Additional stats

Last result:

BIRMINGHAM 0-1 Cambridge

BRENTFORD 1-1 Wycombe (4-2 on pens) – Ethan Pinnock

Head-to-head: Birmingham 1-1 Brentford, Brentford 0-1 Birmingham, Birmingham 0-0 Brentford, Brentford 1-1 Birmingham

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