Watford will be looking to clinch into their third victory in the new EFL Championship campaign this week when they travel to St. Andrew’s Stadium for a faceoff against Birmingham City. Kickoffs on August 16 at 21:45 EAT.
The hosts Birmingham City currently sits it the middle of the table (12) having garnered four points in their three opening fixtures. After coming through their opening two games of the new season with four points, the prophets of doom were shut a little at St Andrew’s, but Birmingham could not keep the positive momentum going for their weekend trip to the Welsh capital.
Birmingham City will be hoping for better results following 1-0 Championship defeat to Cardiff City in their previous match. In that game, Birmingham City had 43% possession and four shots with none of them on target. Cardiff City got 16 shots with seven of them on target and a goal by Jaden Philogene-Bidace (17′).
Meanwhile, Watford sits third in the Championships standings having not lost in any of their three opening fixtures this season. Last season’s top scorer Emmanuel Dennis may have departed for Nottingham Forest, but Edwards has also overseen the arrival of some impressive signings in the past week, so the visitors arrive in the Midlands confident of at least remaining unbeaten
Watford will want another win following 1-0 Championship success to beat Burnley in their most recent match. In that game, Watford had 36% possession, five shots with one of them on target and a goal scored by Tom Cleverley (45′). Burnley got 11 shots with four of them on target.
Birmingham City vs. Watford head to head
Watford boasts a slight upper hand in the head to head history of this game having won 12 times from the 24 meetings since 1993. Birmingham won eight times while four matches played out draws.
- Watford 3-0 Birmingham 20/03/21
- Birmingham 0-1 Watford 12/12/20
- Watford 1-0 Birmingham 18/04/15
- Birmingham 2-1 Watford 04/11/14
- Watford 1-0 Birmingham 11/02/14
- Cardiff 1-0 Birmingham
- Norwich 4-2 Birmingham
- Birmingham 2-1 Huddersfield
- Luton 0-0 Birmingham
- Cheltenham 1-0 Birmingham
- Watford 1-0 Burnley
- West Bromwich 1-1 Watford
- Watford 1-0 Sheffield
- Watford 4-1 Wycombe
- Watford 0-0 Panathinaikos
Birmingham City team news
Manager John Eustace will take to the pitch with a fully fit squad.
Watford team news
The duo of Tom Dele-Bashiru and Imran Louza remain sidelined with injuries alongside Nigerian forward Samuel Kalu.
Prediction and odds
We are backing an away win considering that Watford is unbeaten in their opening three fixtures while Birmingham City is winless in two of their opening fixtures.
- Watford Win
- Goals over 2.5