31st October 2020 – 16:00, Deepdale, Preston
Preston North End will host Birmingham City in the 9th round of the English Championship. The hosts search for their first points at the home pitch, while the away side wants to remain undefeated after this game.
Match Preview & Team News
Preston is the most unpredictable team in the league, and their results show an unusual contrast. The home side still hasn’t picked up a single point from the first four matches played at Deepdale. Alex Neil’s side hasn’t even managed to score a goal when playing at the home ground. This makes them the worst host in the competition so far. On the other hand, their away performances and results are totally opposite. Scott Sinclair and the lads missed the chance to win when playing away from home just once, and they still haven’t tasted a defeat at away pitches. In a draw against Norwich City, Preston was just five minutes away from snatching all three points. The latest game at Deepdale saw them losing to Millwall, and Preston wants to capitalize on playing at their ground finally.
Birmingham hasn’t lost its first four rounds in the campaign, but they celebrated only once during that period. The visitors sit in 15th place at the table, but they have the same number of points as their rivals. Aitor Karanka’s side hasn’t conceded too many goals, however, their finishing needs to be improved. Birmingham had a pretty disappointing campaign last season, as they finished just two spots ahead of the relegation zone. Although they lost only once at away grounds this season, Gary Gardner and the lads still haven’t tasted a win. Additionally, they scored just once when playing away from home.
Full-Time Winner Odds & Prediction
Although this is going to be a tight clash, we expect the hosts to book their first victory at home ground. Therefore, we are going to back Preston, winning all three points from this game.
Goals Market Prediction
Preston has troubles in finding the back of the oppositions’ net at Deepdale. On the other hand, Birmingham has been involved in low-scoring matches when playing away from home. We don’t expect to see more than two goals in total in this game.
Preston North End vs Birmingham City
Preston to win @ 2.10
Under 2.5 FT @ 1.55
Correct score 1:0 @ 6.50