Birmingham – Hull SOCCER PICKS
Birmingham City and Hull City meet at St. Andrew’s Stadium, in a match for the 17th day of the Championship. The history of recent direct matches between these two teams indicates total balance, since there were 2 victories for each team in the last 4 matches. The last direct confrontation between these two teams, on 03-17-2018, ended with the victory of Birmingham City by (3-0). Despite being a match between 10 th and 23 th of the table, it is actually a match between the 13 th best team in home matches and the 16 th best in away matches.
The home team is currently in the 10 th position of the league, with 23 points won, after 5 wins, 8 draws and 3 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in a home match against Sheffield Wednesday, by (3-1). In the last match, they lost in an away match against Derby County, by (3-1). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, since they have won 14 points in away matches, with 7 goals scored and 9 conceded, against 13 points won at their stadium, with 13 goals scored and 8 conceded. In their last 8 home matches for the championship Birmingham City won 3 and tied 5, for which they have won 14 points out of 24 possible.
For this competition, he does not lose in his stadium 8 games ago. In their home league matches the most frequent result at half-time was the 0-0 (4 out of 8 matches). The team has conceded goals in 8 of the last 10 matches, so it has not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 9 of the last 10 matches for this competition. In 16 matches in the competition, they suffered the first goal 4 times and only managed 1 comeback. In the last 9 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have conceded 4 of their 8 goals between minutes (76′-90 ‘).
The Birmingham enters this unmotivated day, after a foreign defeat, by 3-1, in the displacement to the Derby field. The whole house usually acts in a 4-4-2, privileging a game style of constant transitions, trying to take advantage of some error of the opponent. The two arrows pointing to the opponent’s goal will be Adams and Jutkiewicz, being responsible for defining and leading the offensive attacks of his team the Englishman Lakin. It is possible that Mahoney, Lakin, Kieftenbeld and Jota act in the most central area of the terrain. The coach of the premises will not be able to count on David Davis, for being injured. It should be noted that midfielder Gardner will also be on the outside, because he is suspended.
The away team is currently in the 23rd position of the league, with 15 points won, after 4 wins, 3 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate match, they won in an away match against Bolton Wanderers, by (0-1). In the last match, they won in a home match against West Bromwich Albion, by (1-0). This is a team little affected by the house factor, since it conquered similar results at home and abroad. In the last 8 away league matches Hull City has a record of 2 wins, 1 draw and 5 losses, so they have won 7 points out of 24 possible. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches for this competition, so it was not very strong defensively. In their away matches for this competition there is a tendency for few goals, since in 5 of the last 8 they played there were less than 3 goals. In 16 matches in this tournament, they have conceded the first goal 10 times and have only won 1 result. In the last 10 away matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 3 of their 7 goals between minutes (31′-45 ‘).
Hull City enter this motivated day, after a home victory by 1-0 in the reception at West Bromwich: Campbell, at minute 38, scored the only goal of the match. The visiting team usually acts in a tactical system in 4-3-3, privileging fast transitions, mainly through the wings. In this tactical design, the three most advanced players are Grosicki, Campbell and Bowen. It should be noted that one of the main qualities of Hull is how he manages to react to a disadvantage on the scoreboard. The Hull City coach must have all players available for this game.