Championship, kick-off at 5:30pm Saturday 21st October 2017 from The Den
Saturday night football comes to us live from The Den courtesy of Sky Sports as Millwall and Birmingham renew rivalries. Both sides are stuck down at the wrong end of the table, uncomfortably close to the relegation zone, making victory here all the more important.
But, who will go and get the points needed to fire their way towards safety? Traders have set-up camp in the home dressing room, making local cheer a convincing favourite. There’s no lack of value around if you’re willing to look past the match betting prices, and that’s just what we do. Follow our expert betting tips and predictions, including a big price selection.
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Team News – Millwall
Following The Lions is never an easy business, and they’ve struggled to get a foothold in the Championship, following promotion from League One through the play-offs last season. Starting game 13 in 17th place, the home side are just a win better than Burton and the bottom-three, which will cause manager Neil Harris a few sleepless nights going forward. They’ve lost two of their last five, which isn’t bad, but each of those defeats have come in their last two.
A miserable start to the month, The Lions went to Brentford and returned empty-handed, beaten 1-0 thanks to a goal from Romaine Sawyers, who netted his first of the season to make the difference on a tough afternoon. The Bees controlled the football, and were unlucky not to extend their lead by at least one, giving fans an easier outing. A fair result, and one Millwall must bounce back from.
They’re expected to do just that on Saturday, and if you fancy a go in your betting tips and predictions, Betfair’s 23/20 goes as one of the better prices available. That would have a great effect on your accumulators, if it were to come home. Millwall to score a goal is a lot more likely, trading at 1/4, another blank 11/4, both with William Hill.
Team News – Birmingham
Birmingham have fallen straight back into old habits, and go in 21st, one point and one place above the relegation three. They have been showing signs of improvement however, winning two of their last three and losing just one of their last four. If they can keep that up, The Blues will hack their way towards midtable in no time. It’s a tight-run race, just five points between Burton in 22nd and Forest in 14th.
Steve Cotterill watched on as his crew stuck to his plan, beating Cardiff City at St Andrew’s in a massive upset. The Bluebirds are flying high, but were shot down thanks to a goal from Che Adams, gifting Cotterill a winning start. The boss made a host of changes, and got the desired result. Fans were delighted to see a return to winning ways and players will look to feed off the confidence gained from banking all three points.
Despite that boost, there’s a chunky 27/10 if you rate the chances of Birmingham to continue their winning ways at The Den. That’s best price when getting your stake money down at Sportingbet, but there’s no hesitation amongst traders, who all have the visitors written off. That seems harsh under the circumstances.
Millwall vs Birmingham – Championship Tips and Betting Predictions
I have little doubt that Birmingham will finish higher in the charts than their current position. The appointment of Steve Cotterrill is a turning point, laying to rest the self-inflicted problems of last season. With a good win under their belt, everyone will want to kick on and put a run of form together. Birmingham +1 on the handicap is 3/4, top price at bet365, and goes as the NAP of our betting tips.
In the correct score field, we’re having 1-0 Birmingham as the next best of our predictions, which comes out as a 10/1 poke, best at Betfair, and a very useful play. With the pressure on both sets of players, if Birmingham can upset the home fans by keeping things tight, they could go on and nick this match. That’s the way we see things panning out, and the price makes it worth a go.
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