Birmingham City and Brentford measure forces at St. Andrew’s Stadium, in a match for the 33rd round of the Championship. In the last direct showdown for this edition of the league, on 03‑08-2019, Birmingham City won out by (0‑1). In this stage, the history of direct confrontations indicates total balance between these two teams, as there were 1 draw and 2 wins for each team in the last 5 games. In fact, the last time these two teams played a game at this stadium was on 29-12-2018, for the Championship, which ended in a draw for (0-0). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Brentford presents considerable differences in its results at home and as a visitor.
Birmingham City :
After 12 wins, 7 draws and 13 losses, the home team is currently in 14th position, with 43 points won. In their last match, they won Barnsley out by (0-1), after in the previous match they had won by (1-3) out, in a match against Bristol City. This is a team little affected by the home factor, that is, it presents similar results at home and away, since in the last 30 matches it records 5 wins, 5 draws and 5 losses as a visitor, with 18 goals scored and 20 suffered; against 6 wins, 3 draws and 6 losses in his stadium, with 22 goals scored and 23 suffered. In his last 10 home games for the championship Birmingham City won 3, drew 2 and lost 5, so he won 11 points in 30 possible. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 9 of the last 10 games, so he has not presented great defensive strength, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 9 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 32 games in this competition, he only got 3 comebacks in the 17 games in which he suffered the first goal. There is 1 period that stands out in the last 15 home matches for this competition: he scored 8 of his 22 goals between minutes (76′ ‑ 90 ‘).
Birmingham City comes to this game with a 0-1 victory in the visit to Barnsley, thus adding the third consecutive victory in this second English division: Scott Hogan scored the only goal of the game. However, despite the good phase, the local club remains at the bottom of the league table. In this match against Brentford, coach Pep Clotet must enter the field with a cautious strategy, with the low lines, exploring only the counterattack. Lukas Jutkiewicz is the top scorer at home, with 10 goals scored. Out of this game are Maghoma, McEachran and Mrabti, all with physical problems.
The visiting team is currently in 4th position, with 54 points won, after 16 wins, 6 draws and 10 losses. In the penultimate match, he won at home against Middlesbrough by (3-2). In the last game, they tied at home against Leeds United by (1‑1). This is a stronger team with the support of his fans, since in the last 30 games he has 6 wins, 2 draws and 7 losses as a visitor; against 9 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses in his stadium. For the championship, Brentford conquered 17 points in 30 possible, after 5 wins, 2 draws and 3 losses in the last 10 games he played as a visitor. His defense has not been very solid, since he suffered goals in 8 of the last 10 games, but his attack has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 7 of the last 10 games for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 7 of their last 16 matches for this competition have ended with Under 1,5 goals. In 32 games in this competition, he only got 2 comebacks in the 12 games in which he suffered the first goal.
Brentford comes to this game with a draw, a ball, at the reception at Leeds, thus adding the third game followed without losing in this second English division: the team’s only goal was scored by Benrahma. Now, in this match against Birmingham, coach Thomas Frank must keep the team 4-3-3, benefiting the maintenance of possession and attacks through the right flank. Ollie Watkins is still Brentford’s top scorer, with 20 goals scored. For this game, the visiting team can count on all its players.