FootyMAD's Birmingham City match preview

Last updated : 19 December 2008 By Footymad Previewer
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History of the Birmingham City v Reading fixture

Reading face a trip to Birmingham City at St Andrew's at lunchtime on Saturday, hoping to improve upon an average previous return from this fixture. Of the 11 games played, Royals have recorded 3 wins, and Birmingham C. have come away with 4 victories.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was just last season, in December 2007, where the two sides shared the spoils courtesy of a 1 - 1 final scoreline in a Premier League match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2007/2008Sat 22 MarReading2 - 1Birmingham C.PREM
2007/2008Sat 15 DecBirmingham C.1 - 1ReadingPREM
2006/2007Sat 27 JanBirmingham C.2 - 3ReadingFAC
2005/2006Tue 07 FebBirmingham C.2 - 1ReadingFAC
2005/2006Sat 28 JanReading1 - 1Birmingham C.FAC
1997/1998Sat 31 JanReading2 - 0Birmingham C.CHMP
1997/1998Sat 23 AugBirmingham C.3 - 0ReadingCHMP

Recent respective form guides

Birmingham City have an excellent home record, winning five and losing just one of the last six games. A total of 12 goals have been scored by the Blues in those games, with 7 conceded.

The Royals have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on 3 occasions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The games have constituted a decent return of 10 goals for the Royals, and 3 goals against.

Birmingham C. are holding the final promotion place in the Coca-Cola Championship, and have accumulated 47 points from the 23 games they have played so far. Reading are just outside the promotion places, in 3rd, having taken 46 points from 23 games.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

This promises to be an excellent test for the in-form Royals, but one which I believe will end in stalemate. Score draw

Sequence statistics:
Birmingham C. Won 3 successive home games.
13 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 3 .
Reading Undefeated in last 4 away games.
Won each of the previous 4 matches.
Last drawn game 5 outings ago.