Birmingham might be on a run of three straight wins but they are likely to be brought back down to earth in the Europa League on Thursday evening when they meet a side on an even more impressive sequence of results.
Club Brugge are unbeaten in the Belgian Pro League after ten matches and have carried this form into the Europa League group stage, with two wins recorded in their first two games.
As such, Brugge are 39/50 favourites to beat Birmingham at the Jan Breydel Stadium, with a draw priced at 5/2 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market and an away success at 7/2.
To make matters worse for Chris Hughton’s side, Brugge have an impressive record against English opposition on home territory having won six and drawn one of their seven games.
Furthermore, the Blues will have to do without captain Stephen Carr through injury, with all this suggesting their three game winning streak is about to come to an end.
However, rather than bet on a Brugge win punters should first look at the odds on the Belgian side to score more goals in the second half than they do in the first.
In their five home league matches so far this season, Brugge have struggled in front of goal before the break and have only hit the back of the net once.
But it is a different story after the interval, with ten goals scored and just one conceded.
As such, a bet on Brugge to score more goals in the second half than the first looks a no-brainer at odds of 7/5.
A successful £25 free bet on Brugge to score more goals after the break than they do in the opening 45 minutes would return £60, with the free bet available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account.
Similarly, those looking for better odds than those on Brugge to win the match could back the Belgian side to win the second half.
This bet is available at 11/10, making a successful £25 free bet worth £52.50.
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