Kick-off: 2000, 27/12/2022
Stadium: Turf Moor
TV: Sky Sports
Burnley are blazing a trail at the top of the Championship table and are unbeaten at home, so they are worthy favourites to see off Birmingham.
However, the Clarets have only kept four clean sheets from 12 outings at Turf Moor and City are coming off a 3-2 victory over Reading.
That nudges us towards 13/5 for the hosts to prevail and both teams to score for our first Burnley vs Birmingham prediction.
Burnley were far from disgraced in a 2-0 EFL Cup loss at Manchester United on Wednesday.
Vincent Kompany’s side threatened a number of times and almost benefited from some errors by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, but could not spring an upset.
“It was a good, honest, brave performance, filled with energy,” commented former Manchester City captain Kompany.
“I thought we were aggressive, we were on the front foot, we created some really good chances.
“I didn’t want us to roll over because we came to Old Trafford, and I don’t think we did at any point.
“There’s definitely some positives for us to take from the performance.”
That followed a hat-trick of Championship wins, with the Clarets scoring three times on each occasion against Blackburn, QPR and Middlesbrough.
Burnley can also boast seven straight home wins in all competitions, so they really are hard to oppose here.
Looking at the 7/2.
He has scored seven of his nine goals this term at Turf Moor and was rested on the trip to Old Trafford.
Birmingham City Odds
Birmingham will be relatively content with ninth place in the table at this stage, having been much closer to the relegation zone in recent seasons.
Blues have only lost once in seven league games after fending off a late fightback from Reading at St Andrew’s.
Troy Deeney opened the scoring after only 56 seconds and blasted home a penalty before Tahith Chong made it three in the 35th minute.
Lucas Joao and Tom Ince replied for the Royals late on but City held on for a seventh win in 16 outings.
Head coach John Eustace said: “I’m delighted to get the three points against a very good and experienced Reading team, who before the game were eighth in the league.
“It wasn’t the best game we’ve played but we were very clinical, which is pleasing.
“At times in the first half, we had to rely on big John Ruddy to keep them out, but that’s what he’s there for, as he’s a top goalkeeper.”
Deeney enjoyed plenty of success against Burnley during his Watford days, scoring in five encounters with the Clarets.
He clearly enjoys the physical nature of such matches and 3/1 for the veteran front man to hit the target here completes our Burnley vs Birmingham betting tips.
Man Utd 2-0 BURNLEY
BIRMINGHAM 3-2 Reading – Troy Deeney (2), Tahith Chong
Head-to-head: Birmingham 1-1 Burnley
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