After a lacklustre 1-1 home draw with Charlton Athletic to start their campaign, Birmingham City will look to take out their frustrations on another promoted side on Tuesday night in Sheffield Wednesday.
But with the impressive calibre of this season’s Championship newcomers, that may be easier said than done.
Blues travel to the home of the seventh most successful FA Cup side in history and even though Birmingham are 11/2 sixth favourites for promotion, they are only 33/20 to win this one in bwin’s 3Way football betting market.
Dave Jones’ men are narrow 31/20 favourites for the win at Hillsborough and the draw is an 11/5 shot, but there is more value to be found in bwin’s other markets.
For example, with Blues opening the scoring in 29 of their 46 league fixtures last term and Wednesday conceding the first two goals in their opening game of the new season at Derby, betting on the away side to score first at evens is a safe way to go.
Lee Clark proved himself resilient as a manager in earning the Football League’s longest ever unbeaten run at Huddersfield and if he imparts that mentality on his new side then it’s worth backing them to hold on to any lead at 14/25.
However, Wednesday have proved equally adept at fighting back from a losing position, not least when rescuing a 2-2 draw against the Rams last Saturday.
It’s 16/5 for lead/draw in the run of play market and 25/2 for Birmingham/Draw at half-time/full-time.
New customers using the free £20 bet they receive when joining bwin.com would win £270 if Wednesday do recover a draw from a half-time deficit.
Yet with Birmingham’s experience of nicking results – they recorded 19 wins in games of under 3.5 goals last season – backing them to leave the Steel City with another low-scoring win at 5/2 may offer the best value of all.
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