Birmingham vs Cardiff: Cotterill can get off to flying start

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Odds: Birmingham 23/10, Draw 23/10, Cardiff 23/20

Kick Off: 1945, 13/10/2017

Stadium: St Andrew’s

TV: Sky Sports

Steve Cotterill will take charge of Birmingham for the first time when Cardiff visit St Andrew’s on Friday and we’re backing him to have an immediate impact on the hosts.

Cotterill was appointed the day before a 6-1 drubbing at Hull but only watched from the stands as Lee Carsley completed his stint as caretaker boss.

Gary Rowett, Gianfranco Zola and Harry Redknapp have all been axed by the Blues in the past year, yet Cotterill is better equipped for this situation in our book.

We’re being bold by taking 23/10 for a home win in our Birmingham vs Cardiff betting predictions.

A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds

Birmingham are in the Championship relegation zone, 16 points adrift of leaders Cardiff, and suffered a seventh defeat in 11 league games when torn apart by the Tigers.

However, that freak result did follow two promising displays, with City drawing 1-1 at Derby and then edging out Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 at this venue.

A hands-on boss like Cotterill is just what is needed to steady the ship and bring the best out of what is a decent squad.

“My priority is to get on the training ground with the players, that is where I want to be,” commented the well-travelled former Nottingham Forest and Bristol City chief.

“I haven’t walked into any easy situations and I suppose I am a little bit battle-hardened to that. They will have a manager who will be strong, but a manager who will be strongly behind them.”

Beating the table-toppers would be a real statement of intent and we like 21/2 for a 2-1 home win for our Birmingham vs Cardiff betting tips.

A Look At Cardiff City’s Betting Odds

Cardiff fully deserve to be at the Championship summit after putting together a fine set of results over the first quarter of the campaign.

Wolves, Sheffield United, Leeds and Aston Villa are all in the top seven but tasted defeat against the Bluebirds.

However, we do feel they have been punching above their weight in terms of the quality in this team and a goalless draw at home to Derby last time out lacked sparkle.

There was also a 3-0 loss at Preston last month and Neil Warnock’s side only scraped a 1-1 draw with Sheffield Wednesday in Wales due to a last-gasp equaliser.

Now could be a good time to take the Bluebirds on and 5/4 for the fired-up hosts to score first is another value bet from the Birmingham vs Cardiff odds.

Additional stats

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Tony has been a journalist for more than 25 years, with past positions including Press Association betting editor, Teletext Sport betting editor and Sport Newspapers deputy racing editor. A Manchester United and Salford Red Devils supporter, he spends much of his spare time walking his two pet greyhounds.

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