Without the distraction of their Europa League campaign, Birmingham City have steadily put together a great run of form that has propelled them into a playoff spot.
Five straight wins in league and cup make them the Championship’s form side and they are 31/20 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market to continue that run against Leeds United at Elland Road this evening.
The inconsistent form of other sides in the division, including Leeds, has enabled the Blues to climb from 15th to sixth on the back of that run.
Two wins in that same period have seen Simon Grayson’s side sliding in the other direction, dropping from sixth to ninth, but they are good value at 33/20 to triumph here, with the draw at 11/5.
Even in that slump, Leeds have maintained decent home form, recently picking up back-to-back victories over Burnley and Ipswich Town.
Given the two sides’ scoring patterns, it’s worth backing Blues to be leading at the half-time whistle but Leeds to recover at least a share of the points, and Birmingham/Draw is available at 25/2 in the half-time/full-time market.
Having said that, they do give sides a chance to beat them, as they have only kept two clean sheets at home this season.
So it’s worth betting on Blues to score first at evens – as they have done for the past five games – and with all of those turned into wins betting on lead-win at 57/100 in the run of play market may well pay off.
However, Leeds have shown a great ability to come up with late goals, scoring ten times in the final ten minutes of games this season, and Birmingham’s cup exertions have often caused them to fail to hold on to leads – they have dropped 16 points from winning positions.
So given the two sides’ scoring patterns, it’s worth backing Blues to be leading at the half-time whistle but Leeds to recover at least a share of the points, and Birmingham/Draw is available at 25/2 in the half-time/full-time market.
New customers using the free £25 bet they receive when registering with bwin would win £337.50 if Leeds do come from behind after the interval to claim a draw.
Whatever the outcome, with Birmingham’s 2012 goal rush (averaging over three goals per game) and Leeds’ record of participating in the third most Championship games containing over 2.5 goals, backing this match to finish with three goals or more at 91/100 may be the best option for punters.
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