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Birmingham vs Blackburn Rovers Predictions

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Birmingham Draw No Bet

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Birmingham 2-1

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Tip Reasoning

  • Birmingham have scored at least two goals in five of their last ten home league games.
  • Blackburn have lost six of their last ten away Championship matches.
  • Blackburn are expected to leave out up to six first-team players who won’t be with the club next season.

Bowyer needs last-day win more than Mowbray

Birmingham boss Lee Bowyer needs a last-day win more than departing Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray as two sides with nothing to play for meet at St Andrew’s on Saturday. Bowyer is on the hot seat after a disappointing campaign in B9, which has already led to speculation over potential replacements.

The ex-Charlton chief hasn’t been able to get any consistency out of this group of players and nor has he found the right formula to establish any momentum in this division. They come into this 46th game of a lacklustre season on the back of two draws that were achieved in very similar circumstances – throwing away leads by conceding late goals to Millwall and at Cardiff.

The Blues’ inability to hold on when in front has become a recurring theme this season and it’s now no clean sheet in five for Bowyer’s men. He must surely try to boost his case for keeping his job by picking his strongest available XI for the match. The same doesn’t apply to Mowbray, who has offered to lead the team at St Andrew’s despite announcing his exit from the club.

Future at Blackburn looks bleak

The future at Ewood Park looks pretty dire with Ben Brereton-Diaz likely to be sold in the summer and the likes of captain Darragh Lenihan, set-piece taker Joe Rothwell and defender Ryan Nyambe yet to sign contract offers. Mowbray says he wouldn’t pick any loan players for this last game and those with their futures up in the air are also likely to miss out.

That would mean five or six of the squad on duty for the last two games would not be under consideration and surely hands a big advantage to the hosts. With just three home wins in their last 12, Birmingham aren’t trustworthy enough to back in anything other than the draw no bet market.

A 2-1 home victory is the preferred correct score play because the hosts have scored two or more goals in five of their last ten while Blackburn, after a run of seven away games without a goal, have scored seven in their last three away trips.

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