Birmingham City vs Reading Match Analysis & Prediction
16/12/2022 6:00 pm
Birmingham City and Reading meet in a Championship game on Friday evening, with three points separating the two clubs in the standings. While 12th-placed Blues have lost their last three games, the Royals have won two straight to climb into eighth place.
Birmingham City, a club that is never out of the news, has not had the best of starts to the new season. The team has suffered three consecutive defeats, leaving it five points adrift of the playoffs. Its most recent match was a goalless draw against Blackpool at home.
Although it was another point on the road for Birmingham, the team failed to take advantage of the hosts without some of their best players because they were at the World Cup in Brazil.
Reading has proven they can overcome a period of poor form by registering successive wins on either side of their rest from competitive action.
The Royals recorded a 1-0 victory over a resurgent Coventry City last time out, with Amadou Salif Mbengue netting his first goal.
Paul Ince’s side has now posted 10 wins from their 22 matches—equalling their 10 defeats—but they are still within four points of the third spot, rendering their inconsistency irrelevant.
Of course, Ince would prefer accumulating points regularly, but the unpredictability of this Reading side could prove beneficial to their efforts to remain one of this division’s surprise packages.
Birmingham City vs. Reading Head to head
Both sides have three games against each other with the hosts taking one win while the visitors with two wins.
Birmingham City Team News
Despite the disappointment of a home draw against Blackpool, manager Steve Bruce is unlikely to make many changes to his starting XI. Only Lukas Jutkiewicz may come into contention for a recall, although the veteran forward has made only two starts in the Championship this season.
Birmingham City 's Last 5 Matches
Reading Team News
Junior Hoilett, Baba Rahman and Mamadou Loum are also World Cup representatives. They will likely be among the substitutes for Reading versus Coventry. Tom Holmes is unlikely to play after suffering a head injury versus the Sky Blues, but Ince has Tom McIntyre and Naby Sarr back at his disposal.
Reading's Last 5 Matches
Birmingham City vs. Reading: Odds and Predictions
3 Way: Draw
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