Birmingham were unable to kick-on after they defeated Millwall three weeks ago at St Andrews, the Blues suffering a trio of defeats to Braga, Southampton and Manchester City before a frustrating home draw with Barnsley. However, Thursday’s away victory in Slovenia against NK Maribor could just be the fillip Chris Hughton’s men need ahead of the trip to Nottingham Forest.
The hosts are Ladbrokes’ 6/5 favourites but they come in the clash in terrible shape after suffering a 5-1 mauling at Burnley in midweek, their fourth defeat in five league outings and Birmingham look huge at 13/5 via Stan James to capitalise on Forest’s fragile confidence at the City Ground.
Nevertheless, a tight affair between two teams punching below their weight in the Championship seems inevitable and City are 4/1 with Skybet to shade it by a solitary goal. Alternatively Totesport rate Hughton’s men at 11/1 to card a 2-1 triumph as they did in the Europa League on Thursday while Chris Burke has found the net in consecutive matches and looks a tough high at 16/1 (Blue Square) to break the deadlock.