Norwich v Birmingham Championship betting preview and tips

20:45 Fri 18 Jan
Football
England
Championship
Tip: Birmingham +0.5
Units: 1/5
Odds: +104

Norwich City have dropped out of the Championship automatic promotion places after a run of four league games without a win.

Since winning at Blackburn on 22 December, the Canaries have drawn with Forest, Brentford and West Brom, while they let a lead slip at home to Derby County to lose the game by a 4-3 scoreline.

While Daniel Farke will remain optimistic that his City team can claim promotion to the Premier League, Sheffield United have leapfrogged them into second place and the likes of West Brom and Middlesbrough are within touching distance.

Norwich’s big issue is conceding goals and that’s especially the case at Carrow Road where their respective opponents have scored twenty-two times, something that will certainly give Birmingham City encouragement for this Friday night encounter.

The Blues are in eighth position and will feel as though they can finish up in the play-off places come the end of the season, with away stats of 4-5-4 illustrating that the Midlands side are a tough nut to crack on the road.

While Norwich like to play an expansive brand of football, the visitors will be keener to nullify their opponents and they are now unbeaten in their previous four away matches.

Che Adams has been in excellent scoring form for the season, bagging thirteen and he’s managed five in his previous nine encounters, with the former Sheffield United man also scoring a hat-trick against Hull this season.

We feel as though this is a good time to be betting against Norwich who don’t find clean sheets easy to come by and it should be noted that Birmingham came within a whisker of winning against the same opponents on the opening day of the season.

Forest and Derby scored a combined seven goals at Carrow Road and we might see another Midlands side have plenty of joy in this fixture.

BETTING TIP
Birmingham +0.5 @ 2.04 with bet365

Team News

Norwich: 4-2-3-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Birmingham: 4-4-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Tim Krul
  • 12
    Jamal Lewis
  • 04
    Benjamin Matthew Godfrey
  • 06
    Christoph Zimmermann
  • 37
    Max Aarons
  • 08
    Mario Vrancic
  • 19
    Tom Trybull
  • 25
    Onel Hernandez
  • 18
    Marco Stiepermann
  • 17
    Emiliano Buendia
  • 22
    Teemu Pukki
  • 01
    Lee Camp
  • 05
    Maxime Colin
  • 28
    Michael Morrison
  • 12
    Harlee Dean
  • 03
    Kristian Pedersen
  • 23
    Jota Peleteiro
  • 20
    Gary Gardner
  • 06
    Maikel Kieftenbeld
  • 19
    Jacques Maghoma
  • 09
    Che Adams
  • 10
    Lucas Jutkiewicz

Championship

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Norwich 38 23 9 6 77:48 78
2 Sheffield Unite 38 22 8 8 64:34 74
3 Leeds 38 22 7 9 63:39 73
4 West Bromwich A 38 19 10 9 71:47 67
5 Middlesbrough 37 15 13 9 40:31 58
6 Aston Villa 38 14 15 9 68:54 57
7 Preston 38 15 12 11 58:50 57
8 Derby 37 15 11 11 46:44 56
9 Bristol City 36 15 10 11 45:38 55
10 Sheffield Wedne 38 14 13 11 48:51 55
11 Nottingham Fore 38 13 15 10 52:44 54
12 Hull 38 14 9 15 54:56 51
13 Birmingham 38 12 14 12 53:49 50
14 Brentford 37 13 10 14 60:50 49
15 Swansea 36 13 8 15 45:46 47
16 Stoke 38 10 17 11 37:42 47
17 Blackburn 38 12 11 15 52:60 47
18 Queens Park Ran 38 12 8 18 45:59 44
19 Wigan 38 10 9 19 41:57 39
20 Millwall 37 9 10 18 41:55 37
21 Reading 38 8 13 17 40:56 37
22 Rotherham 38 7 15 16 40:61 36
23 Bolton 38 7 8 23 26:63 29
24 Ipswich 38 3 15 20 29:61 24