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Birmingham v Ipswich – Championship

Birmingham v Ipswich

Birmingham City will make significant changes to their starting eleven as they look to get back to winning ways. Key duo Spector and Davis will return at right back and left midfield respectively after serving bans. Switching back to 4-4-2 is expected, meaning Kieftenbeld and Gleeson will start. Gleeson is a slight doubt. Maghoma, Stewart and Fabbrini are bigger concerns for Gary Rowett. It is a testing period for Birmingham as all of a sudden they’ve started to drop points. Performance were never too strong but they always ground out results. They need to get back to that method of play, and they definitely need a win versus Ipswich. Expect Birmingham to get balls into the box. If they went ahead, they would be more defensive given their poor run of form in recent times.

An illness bug has been spreading around the Ipswich Town squad in recent times and that is causing some disruptions to squad morale and team selection. Regular starter Ward is set to miss out, but key midfielder Skuse should be passed fit. Sears is therefore in line for a recall, but Bishop is now added to the injury list. Ipswich can still almost name their strongest starting eleven today. Drawing at home to Cardiff is seen as a poor result for Ipswich and it didn’t do Mick McCarthy much good in terms of the fans impression of him. Many still want him to go and they’re now unhappy with the lack of input from the owner. Putting that aside, Ipswich head to Birmingham looking to avoid defeat. If they score first they’d go defensive to protect their goal. A very tight game is expected.

 

Verdict & Prediction

This is a worrying time for Birmingham. They’ve now lost their last two games 3-0 and 4-0 respectively, and performances have been poor for a while now. Still, anything other than a win against Ipswich would be seen as dropped points. A win should at least take them back into a play-off place. A home draw with lowly Cardiff didn’t do much to improve the mood among the Ipswich crowd, with many still feeling Mick McCarthy shouldn’t be manager anymore. Inconsistency reflects their overall form, and they’ve only won twice away all season. They’ll believe a point would be a fine result. As I mentioned before, this is expected to be a a tight low scoring game. Bet on under here!

Prediction: Under 2.25 goals
Odds: 1.82 12Bet

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