Birmingham City and Stoke City face at St. Andrew’s Stadium, in a match for the 6th round of the Championship. In the last 3 years these teams met twice: the earliest head‑to‑head was played on 26‑12‑2018 and ended in a (2‑0) win by Birmingham City, and the latest on 20‑10‑2018, which ended in a (0‑1) win by Birmingham City. Both teams register significant differences between home and away results, so the home/away factor is worth atention.
Fixture Birmingham VS Stoke
31 August 2019 – 15:00
Regular Season – Round 6
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31 Aug – 15:00
Who will be the winner
Analysis of Birmingham City
The home team is currently in the 15th position of the league, with 7 points won, after 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Barnsley, by (2‑0). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Swansea City, by (3‑0). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses in away matches, with 20 goals scored and 23 conceded; against 4 wins, 6 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 15 goals scored and 17 conceded. In the last 10 home matches Birmingham City has won 2, tied 5 and lost 3.
Birmingham come to this match with low motivation after a 3-0 away loss against Swansea. The home team usually play in a 5-3-2, favoring a style of game of constant transitions, trying to take advantage of some mistake of the opponent. The two arrows aimed at the “enemy” goal will be Álvaro Giménez and Jutkiewicz, and the player responsible for defining and leading his team’s attacks is Spaniard Fran Villalba. It is possible that David Davis, Ivan Sunjic and Fran Villalba may play the most central part of the field. The home coach should not be able to count on Maikel Kieftenbeld for being injured.
Analysis of Stoke City
The away team is currently in the 24th position of the league, with 1 point won, after 1 draw and 4 losses. In the penultimate match, they lost in an away match against Preston North End, by (3‑1). In the last match, they lost in a home match against Leeds United, by (0‑3). This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 5 wins, 6 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 16 goals scored and 16 conceded; against 2 wins, 7 draws and 6 losses at their stadium, with 17 goals scored and 23 conceded. In their last match, for the League Cup, they got an away win against Leeds United by (4‑5), after a penalty shootout. In the last 10 away matches Stoke City has won 5, tied 2 and lost 3.
In this competition, they haven’t won any of the last 5 matches. Defensive consistency hasn’t been their best feature, as they have conceded at least one goal in each of the last 5 matches, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition.
Stoke come to this match motivated after eliminating Leeds from the English League Cup. The away team usually play in a tactical system in 5-3-2, favoring the quick transitions, mainly through the wings. One of the strengths of the away side is the way they can achieve direct free kicks. Note that Stoke have many difficulties in completing the goal opportunities they can create. Coach Nathan Jones won’t be able to count on Ryan Shawcross for being in the medical department.