Odds: Burton 33/20, Draw 23/10, Birmingham 31/20
Kick Off: 1945, 18/08/2017
Stadium: Pirelli Stadium
TV: Sky Sports
Burton are propping up the Championship table after three straight defeats but get the chance to kick-start their campaign when hosting Birmingham on Friday night.
The Brewers have struggled to cope with a tough early schedule but should now take heart from the fact that they did the double over City last season, winning 2-0 at home and away.
Albion are nicely priced at 33/20 and get the nod in our Burton vs Birmingham betting predictions.
A Look At Burton Albion’s Betting Odds
Burton’s opening 1-0 loss to Cardiff does not look too bad with the Bluebirds on top of the table and they can also be forgiven for coming up short against relegated teams Hull and Middlesbrough on the road.
Albion were undone by £15million striker Britt Assombalonga when going down 2-0 at Boro on Tuesday but head coach Nigel Clough felt his players showed plenty of spirit at the Riverside.
“We are delighted with how they played,” he said. “We can take so much encouragement from that. We kept going and I thought, considering the opposition, we played well.”
The Brewers picked up nine of last season’s 13 wins at home and we like 27/4 for them to prevail 1-0 in our Burton vs Birmingham betting tips.
A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds
Birmingham are coming off a poor goalless draw with relegation favourites Bolton at St Andrew’s, which provoked some scathing comments from manager Harry Redknapp.
“I couldn’t see us winning and I was looking for the final whistle,” said the former Spurs boss. “I couldn’t say that I enjoyed the game.
“It was almost the same team which struggled to stay up last season and that is a big worry. Bolton were the better team.”
City also finished the game without skipper Michael Morrison, due to a broken nose, and Cheikh N’Doye to add to their injury worries.
“We now have five players out injured and we go to Burton with Ryan Shotton’s wife expecting a baby, which means that we could have only one (available) centre-half,” moaned Redknapp.
This has all the makings of a tense, tight tussle, so 4/1 for Albion to win and under 2.5 goals appeals from the Burton vs Birmingham odds.
Middlesbrough 2-0 BURTON
BIRMINGHAM 0-0 Bolton
Head-to-head: Birmingham 0-2 Burton, Burton 2-0 Birmingham
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