Birmingham City and Reading are at St. Andrew’s Stadium in a match for the 29th round of the Championship. In the last direct confrontation for this edition of the league, on 09-13-2016, the two teams drew (0-0). At this stage, the history of direct confrontations is favorable to the home team, which has 3 wins and 1 loss in the last 4 games. In fact, the last time they met in this stadium was 08-08-2015, in a match for the Championship, which ended the victory of Birmingham City by (2-1). The goals of the match were scored by D. Cotterill (40) and Jon Toral (47 ‘) for Birmingham City and N. Blackman (58’) for Reading. In this match, the home factor could play an important role, as Birmingham City presents significant differences in results achieved both at home and as a visitor.
The home team is currently in 12th place with 37 points, after 9 wins, 10 draws and 9 losses. In the penultimate game, tied off against Blackburn Rovers for (1-1). In the latter, he lost out against Norwich by (2-0). This is a stronger team when you play in your stadium, because in the last 30 games you have 3 wins, 6 draws and 6 losses as a visitor; Against 6 wins, 5 draws and 4 losses in his stadium. In the last 10 home games for the league Birmingham City have 4 wins, 3 draws and 3 losses, so they have won 15 points out of 30. In the matches played in their championship stadium, the most frequent result at the end of the first 45 ‘was 0-0, which occurred in 6 of their 14 matches. Defensive solidity has not been his strong point, having conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 games for this competition. In the 28 games he played in this event, he only got 1 turnaround in 11 games in which he suffered the first goal. There have been 1 period in the last 14 home games for this competition: they suffered 7 of their 19 goals in the minutes (76’-90 ‘).
Birmingham go into this unmotivated game after a 2-0 loss to the Norwich homeland. The whole of the house usually acts in a 4-3-3, privileging a style of game of constant transitions, trying to take advantage of some mistake of the adversary. The two arrows aimed at the “enemy” goal will be Adams and Frei, and the intervener responsible for defining and guiding his team’s attacks is Englishman Gardner. Davis, Tesche, and Gardner may be in the most central area of the terrain. The home manager will not be able to count on Wiggins, Donaldson, Stewart and Maghoma, all for injury with the exception of the latter, who is in the service of his country.
After 16 wins, 4 draws and 8 losses, the visiting team is in 4th place, having won 49 points. In the last game, they beat Cardiff City at home (2-1), having won 1-0 at home against Fulham in the previous game. This is a team that maintains the income when it plays outside its stadium, because in the last 30 games it registers 7 wins, 1 tie and 7 losses as a visitor; Against 9 wins, 4 draws and 2 losses in his stadium. For the championship, Reading had 16 points out of 30, after 5 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses in their last 10 away games. The team conceded goals in 9 of the last 10 games, so it has not shown great defensive solidity, but its attack has been regular, since it managed to achieve in 7 of the last 10 games for this competition. In 28 games in this event, he suffered the first goal 10 times and only got 1 turnaround.
Reading are on their way after a 2-1 win at home to Cardiff: Swift and Kermorgant stamped their “triumphs”. Contrary to the “enemy” of this round, Reading tends to play in a 5-3-2 where the two most advanced players are Beerens and Kermogant. The visiting club when it invests in the offensive process usually does it through the right aisle, taking advantage of the depth offered by right-back McCleary. Williams, Swift and Kelly are likely to play in the most central area of the terrain. The visiting coach will not be able to rely on Rakels, Quinn, Harriott, Joey van den Berg and Ilori for being injured.