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Stoke City vs Birmingham Predictions

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England Championship | bet365 Stadium | 12th July
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Stoke City
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KO 13:30
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Birmingham
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Stoke vs Birmingham predictions as the Blues look to add to Stoke’s relegation concerns this weekend. Can the visitors continue a fine run of form on their travels? Read on for our free Championship predictions and betting tips.

Predictions & Tips

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Birmingham Double Chance (Win or Draw) @ 4/6

We use stars to rate our confidence in our tips, with 3 being most confident to 1 being the least.
Draw 1-1 @ 5/1

Reason For Stoke City vs Birmingham Predictions

  • Stoke have failed to win 12 of 21 home games this season
  • Birmingham have lost only three of their last 15 trips in all competitions
  • The Blues have won five and drawn four in 11 trips to sides from 12th and below
  • The Blues have drawn 1-1 in four of their last 13 league trips

Pep talk for Blues

Birmingham lost to Swansea in midweek, which forced Pep Clotet out of his job four games early. The former Oxford boss had already agreed to step down at the end of the campaign following a mixed season, but their latest defeat forced him to walk away early. Did he jump before the Blues sailed into choppy waters?

While Birmingham are just four points clear of the drop zone, that gap will be extended to seven if Wigan’s 12-point hit is upheld by the EFL. The Blues could extend it themselves this week, while pushing a Stoke side who are 21st into more trouble. Birmingham are looking to record five straight league victories against Stoke for the first time since a run of five between 1919 and 1922, but can they take the points here?

Stoke still struggling

Stoke were hammered 5-0 on Thursday night in their visit to Leeds, which has them dangerously close to the bottom three. Michael O’Neill’s men have struggled during the restart, as they have won once in five matches, losing three of their last four to nil. While they will look to their home matches to pull them to safety, they have failed to win 12 of 21 matches at the bet365 Stadium so far.

The whole side can be seen struggling at this ground, with the Potters losing their infamous home resistance. Despite being a side tipped for the top six with plenty of stars on big wages, the hosts haven’t had a standout player at their own ground. No Stoke player has scored more goals (5) or made more assists (3) than Sam Clucas at the bet365 Stadium in the Championship this season, showing that no one is lighting things up at this ground for the Potters.

Blues to continue impressive away form

While it hasn’t been the greatest time for Birmingham of late, Clotet has at least left them with a solid away record. While eight losses from 21 games isn’t a spectacular return, six of those defeats have come against sides in the top nine. They’ve been unable to match playoff contenders on the road, while their away record has been so good in the second half of the season that we’re siding with them in our predictions.

Since Boxing Day, Birmingham have lost twice in 11 away games, one of which was a 1-0 defeat at Leicester in the FA Cup. They’ve lost only three times across their last 15 away games, while they have five wins and four draws from 11 trips to sides from 12th down. When you consider that Stoke have won just one of the last 13 meetings with Birmingham in all competitions (D3 L9), backing the Blues to avoid defeat seems like the best way to go on this one.

All four of the Blues’ draws at bottom half sides saw both teams score and we are backing this to go the same way. Having drawn 1-1 four times in their last 13 away trips in the Championship, a repeat of that scoreline is our correct score prediction.

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