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Coventry v Birmingham
Friday night sees Coventry hosting Birmingham in the first Championship game of the weekend, our football coverage this week includes EFL betting tips and an EFL accumulator. That’s far from everything though, with Andy’s Bet Club containing a wide variety of other football tips and expert betting predictions to help you craft yourself a winner this weekend.
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The Sky Blues against the Blues but only one of these sides is looking up at the moment.
Birmingham fans are starting to wonder whether the change of manager that was instigated by the CEO and ownership group was such a wise idea. Wayne Rooney and his team will surely be given the time to work on an improvement in results and performances, but there doesn’t seem to be much sign of a clear method for the team to work to at this stage.
There are plenty of green shoots of improvement for Coventry to observe in recent weeks. The performance data tells us that, throughout the whole season, Mark Robins’ side should be a top-half side at least and results don’t have them too far away now after a poor start.
Home form has been a problem for the hosts, but they will be hopeful that welcoming a team who have lost each of their last seven away matches in the Championship will mean that they can start hammering home the advantage that they often gain for themselves in open play.
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⚽ Match stats: Comfortable for the hosts?
Despite the fact that Coventry have won only three of their 10 Championship home matches, there is good reason to believe that they are worth backing for the win here.
There is the fact of Birmingham’s really poor run of form away from home, they have lost seven in a row away from St. Andrews, and there is also the fact that Coventry’s performances at home have actually been better than bare results suggest.
Cov have won the vast majority of the xG battles at home, losing only one, back in early September. They have also been more consistent of late with a settled defensive line now and a greater understanding of what they are trying to do on the pitch.
Mark Robins’ men have covered the -1 handicap only once at home this season, but they have created over 1xG in all but one home matches, so they are capable of scoring multiple goals.
Birmingham have lost their last three away matches by more than one goal, 1-3, 1-3, and 2-4.
🏆 Coventry to win @ 1.61
🏆 Coventry (-1 handicap) @ 2.80
🎯 Shooting stats: Jay Stansfield the one to watch here
Stansfield is probably still Blues’ most consistent goal threat, despite the goals drying up somewhat of late.
He will play off a main striker and this is where he is at his most dangerous.
Stansfield’s shots record is strong and consistent. The last time that Stansfield started a game and failed to hit at least two shots was in Wayne Rooney’s first game in charge against Middlesbrough in mid-October.
His last few matches read 4,2,2,2,3 and he has played every minute of his last three appearances, which suggests that Rooney views him as a trusted lieutenant on the pitch.
Stansfield has covered the three shot line on six occasions already this season, this includes away matches at Norwich and Preston, as well as at home to Ipswich, and is Birmingham’s chief shot taker.
🚀 Jay Stansfield to have 2+ shots @ 1.53
🚀 Jay Stansfield to have 3+ shots @ 2.80
🛑 Fouls stats: Haji Wright’s new position leading to more fouls
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* All odds displayed correct at the time of publishing.
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