Promotion-chasing Birmingham City travel to face a Portsmouth side eight points adrift of Championship safety on Tuesday evening.
The south-coast club are without a win in nine games, a run that began with a 1-0 defeat at St Andrews in the reverse of this fixture six weeks ago.
With just three draws secured since then, Michael Appleton’s men need to pick up points quickly if they are to have any chance of achieving the improbable and climbing out of their perilous position at the foot of the table.
Their plight is reflected in bwin’s 3Way football betting market. Pompey are 27/10 to get an unlikely win, with the draw at 9/4. The visitors are favourites at even money.
With just one point separating themselves in fourth place and Brighton in ninth, Birmingham are equally desperate for the win as they aim to cap an excellent season by finishing in the play-off positions.
The Blues’ emphatic 3-0 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Middlesbrough last time out was their first win in five league outings.
They will, however, be confident of taking all three points here and are 21/10 to win with over 2.5 combined goals in the game.
Punters who use their free £25 bet for joining bwin.com will see a return of £77.50 if Chris Hughton’s men triumph in this manner.
However, as Birmingham have the worst away record of all the teams currently in the top half of the league, they could well concede here, so the offer of 3/2 for Portsmouth to open the scoring is certainly one alternative to consider.
Recommended bet: Birmingham to win a game of over 2.5 goals @ 21/10
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