Cardiff City 11/8 to defeat Birmingham City in Friday’s Championship encounter
Market: Cardiff to beat Birmingham
Odds: 11/8 @ Bet365
The Championship returns this weekend following the international break with a number of exciting games for the fans to sink their teeth into. One such encounter involves top of the table Cardiff travelling to face Birmingham City, who are in deep trouble following the departure of Harry Redknapp from the managerial hot-seat.
The hosts are in exceptionally poor form so far this season. One win in their last five has seen them sink into the relegation zone as their troubles deepen. The hosts have scored just seven goals in 11 games, while they have conceded 19 times. They clearly have problems at both ends of the pitch, with neither their attack nor their defence firing on all cylinders as of yet. A win is vital for Birmingham, but it is unlikely to come against Cardiff.
The league leaders are looking to replicate their fierce rivals Swansea by climbing into the Premier League. So far they have been in fine form, losing just one game in 11 this season. They currently have a three-point cushion between themselves and third-placed Sheffield United, which is something they will only want to extend. Their last game ended in a draw, meaning the Welsh side will be desperate to return to winning ways against Birmingham. Ultimately, this is a game Cardiff simply must win if they are to earn promotion this season, and they will be confident of returning to Wales with all three points after the game.