Tuesday 12 February: 7.45pm KO
After a poor run, Birmingham City have breathed life into their promotion bid. They have won their last two league games and are now only four points adrift of the final promotion play-off position. They bid to creep even closer with a home win over relegation-threatened Bolton Wanderers. Their opponents are one from bottom in the table and four points from safety.
A run of five league games without a win put a severe dent in the promotion hopes of Birmingham City. That saw them drop down to 12th place in the Championship but two wins over Nottingham Forest and QPR has seen them climb back up to eighth.
The odds are still against them getting into the play-offs this season. They are five points adrift but have played an extra game. You can get odds of 25/1 (26.0) on City making it into the Premier League.
They have a striker in form though and if Che Evans can keep scoring for them, then anything is possible. He hit a hat-trick in their 4-3 away win at QPR on Saturday. The Blues led 4-0 in that game after just 36 minutes but ended up having to hang on in the second half.
For City to get anywhere near the play-offs, they need to cut out the draws. They’ve had 13 in the Championship this season and seven have been at home. That included a run of five in a row at St Andrews during August and September. It’s 3/1 (4.0) that this game ends all-square.
Bolton would probably be glad of a draw considering their current plight. The club has problems both on and off the pitch with a winding-up order on its way. Wanderers are one from bottom in the Championship and four points from safety but with an inferior goal difference.
Saturday saw them lose at home to Preston North End 2-1. That was the fifth defeat suffered in their last six games with 15 goals conceded. Their last league win was a 2-1 home win over Rotherham United. You have to go all the way back to September for their win before that.
Their last six away league games have all been lost. Their away-day blues in the Championship aren’t a recent problem. Just three of their last 63 away games in this division have been won!
Bolton Wanderers won the reverse fixture 1-0 back in August. Before that game, Birmingham had won five of the last six games drawing the other.
Neither side have reported any injury problems coming out of their weekend games.
Adams Chases the Record
Che Adams is in fantastic form for Birmingham and hit a first-half hat-trick against QPR on Saturday. That made it goals in each of their last six league games. The record is seven in a row and Adams is 11/10 (2.1) at Ladbrokes to score in this game and 3/1 (4.0) to get the first goal.
Home Clean Sheet
Birmingham City don’t just have an impressive striker, they have some good defenders too. They have kept a clean sheet in three of their last four home league games. The odds of a Birmingham clean sheet are 4/5 (1.8) at Bet365. The fact that Bolton have failed to score in eight of their last 12 away league games is another good reason to go for a home clean sheet.
Birmingham City have a golden chance to get another three points. They have won their last couple of games and Adams is scoring for fun. Bolton are in deep relegation trouble and struggling on their travels has become a way of life. A bet on a Birmingham win to nil is 11/10 (2.1) at SkyBet.