Birmingham City vs Reading – 16/12/2022
We have a full round of fixtures to look forward to in the English Championship this weekend including the meeting between Birmingham City and Reading.
The game will take place on the 16th of December at St. Andrew’s Stadium and the hosts begin the weekend in 14th place on 29 points while the visitors are in 8th place on 32 points.
— Birmingham City FC (@BCFC) December 13, 2022
Birmingham City come into the match on the back of a 0-0 draw at Blackpool in the Championship last weekend. There was not a great deal of incident in the game but the Blues came closest to opening the scoring when they hit the post.
That result means Birmingham City are undefeated in 5 of their last 6 fixtures, all of which have come in the Championship.
However, Birmingham City have recorded only 2 wins in those 6 games, with the victories coming over Queens Park Rangers at home and Stoke City away.
Since the win at Stoke, Birmingham City have drawn 2 matches and lost 1, with the defeat coming at home to Sunderland.
Trends show Birmingham City are unbeaten in 6 of their 7 most recent home matches, all of which have been in the Championship. They have recorded 2 wins from those 7 games and both teams have scored in 3 of Birmingham Cit’s last 5 home league fixtures.
Reading make the trip to St. Andrew’s Stadium having previously beat Coventry City 1-0 at home. The only goal of the game was scored in the 57th minute and the Royals kept Coventry city at bay for the remainder of the match to take maximum points.
The win over Coventry City was the second successive victory in the Championship for Reading. Prior to that win, Reading beat Hull City 2-1 away from home. Having fallen a goal behind after only 9 minutes, Reading equalised before half time and scored the winning goal in the 94th minute.
However, trends show Reading have won only 3 of their last 11 Championship matches. Their overall away form is poor and Reading have recorded just a single victory from their 6 most recent away league games.
There have been 4 defeats in those 6 away fixtures and both teams have scored 4 of the 6 matches.
Looking ahead to the team news and Birmingham City will be without the injured duo of Harlee Dean and Przemyslaw Placheta.
Reading have three players on the treatment table, with Dejan Tetek, Liam Moore, and Scott Dann unavailable due to injury.
Reading have built some confidence following their successive wins but Birmingham City have been difficult to beat in recent home Championship matches.
We expect to see both teams find the back of the net but Birmingham City could condemn Reading to their 5th defeat in their last 7 away league games.