Birmingham City have endured an uneasy start to life back in the Championship. Under the stewardship of Chris Hughton, who led Newcastle United to promotion at the first time of asking, the Blues haven’t quite lived up to their pre-season expectations of an immediate return to the Premier League.
Hughton’s side will be looking to kick-start their up and down opening to the season with a win against Barnsley, who themselves have just one win from seven Championship outings.
With a superior playing squad to choose from, Birmingham City are clear favourites for the match at 7/10, with the draw priced at 12/5 and an away win the outside shot at 4/1.
So where should you put your money this weekend? Well, despite Birmingham’s inconsistent start to the campaign, they have picked up two wins out of two at St Andrews in the league with a victory in the Europa League also under their belts.
The Blues have also yet to concede a goal in the Championship at St Andrews and with Barnsley scoring just five times in seven games, a 1-0, 2-0 or 3-0 home win at 37/20 looks like a winner.
Those feeling confident could bet on the 3-0 scoreline on its own at odds of 11/1, with a successful free £25 bet on this scoreline set to return £300.
For those looking for omens against the home side, Birmingham City have yet to record a victory on a weekend following a midweek fixture. This week, the Blues travelled to Manchester City in the Carling Cup while Barnsley have had a full week to prepare for the fixture.
A victory for the Tykes is likely to be a narrow one so full time scorelines of 0-1 at 23/2 and 1-2 at 29/2 represent excellent value for money. In addition, you can back Barnsley to nick the three points in the second-half of the encounter at 19/2 in the Halftime/Fulltime market.
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