Picture the scene: Christmas is fast approaching. You’re sat in your living room wearing a comfortable jumper and while the psychedelic sonnets of Eleanor Rigby and Dr Robert gently emanate from your record player, you’re wondering what the rule of newly elected Chancellor Kurt Georg Kiesinger may bring to West Germany. That’s how the world was when Cardiff last won an away game against Birmingham… sort of.
Anyway, it was December 10th 1966 and the Bluebirds ran out 2-1 winners, but the 45 years that have followed haven’t produced a single win for Cardiff at St Andrew’s. The bad news for Cardiff fans is that it doesn’t look likely that they’ll break this sequence in Sunday’s midday kick-off.
Birmingham have the second best home record in the league behind leaders Southampton and the probability of Chris Hughton’s side continuing this run with a win is reflected in bwin’s 3Way football betting market’s odds of evens.
But Malky Mackay’s Cardiff can take some comfort from the two clubs’ remarkably similar circumstances.
Considering the parity in the ambitions of the two sides and their strikingly similar form and league positions, a stalemate at odds of 9/4 looks the most likely outcome
Both sides are on 59 points and are just shy of the play-off positions, with Birmingham in seventh and Cardiff in eighth.
The two clubs are also in similarly poor form, with both having mustered just one solitary win in their last six league games, although Cardiff have gained one more draw than their opponents in this run.
Kenny Miller fired the winning goal in the return fixture last December and bwin offers odds of 27/10 on the Bluebirds chalking up another success, while a repeat of the 1-0 scoreline on Sunday is available at 19/2. Customers using their free £25 bet for signing up to a bwin account on this scoreline would win a £262.50.
However, while Cardiff’s away record this season isn’t bad, a hefty ten of the 25 points they have gained on the road have come from draws, which is the highest in the league.
Considering the parity in the ambitions of the two sides and their strikingly similar form and league positions, a stalemate at odds of 9/4 looks the most likely outcome, meaning Cardiff’s search for a win at St Andrew’s will continue forthwith. Maybe next time… Tomorrow Never Knows.
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