A win at home to Fulham on Sunday would all but guarantee Birmingham’s Premier League status for next season.
The Blues have been on a downward spiral since their memorable triumph in the League Cup final, winning just two of their last ten fixtures.
And they will have to cope without the services of leading scorer Craig Gardner, who is suspended for the crunch match at St Andrews.
As a result, Fulham will be confident of bouncing back from their 5-2 defeat to Liverpool on Monday night with victory against Birmingham, especially as they have lost on only two of their past nine trips to face the Midlands outfit.
Mark Hughes’s men could climb as high as eighth in the league if they take the three points on Sunday. Punters backing the Londoners to take the spoils can get odds of 23/10 at bwin.com, meaning a successful £10 bet on Fulham will return £33.
However, Birmingham – the Premier League’s lowest scorers – will be buoyed by the fact that Fulham have conceded a goal on each of their last four visits to St Andrews.
In the absence of Gardner and with striker Nikola Zigic also doubtful, the likes of Cameron Jerome will have to step up to the plate if Alex McLeish’s side are to earn a much-needed win.
Like many of his team-mates, the former Cardiff City forward has found goals hard to come by this season, but punters looking to bet on Jerome to score at any point against Fulham can get odds of 19/10 at bwin.com. That means a winning £10 stake will bag £29.
In contrast to Jerome, Fulham’s Clint Dempsey has found the net with some regularity, notching 12 league goals in the current campaign.
At 13/2, a bet on Dempsey to open the scoring on Sunday looks a good shout.
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