This weekend, we will see the third round of the English FA Cup, where the big boys of the English football (Premier League teams) will join the competition. Birmingham will also part of the included teams, coming from the EFL Championship.
To start, I think there is not so much to say about Manchester City that you don’t know. After a regular start, they are having a good season in the Premier League, currently placed in the fifth position with only 2 losses after 15 games played. This includes a 12-game streak without defeats (7-5-0) and a recent 1-3 victory against Chelsea as visitors. Also, the team won against Manchester United and Arsenal in the EFL Cup 1 and 3 weeks ago. Finally, they ended up in first place of Group C in the Champions League, so Guardiola definitely has a great squad under his guidance. Also, he announced that Sergio Agüero will play in this match, so this is something that will boost the team even more.
Moving to the visitor side, Birmingham is a poor team from the Championship, the second division of English football. They saved themselves from relegation last year, and in this one, they are not too far from that position. Currently, the team hasn’t been able to win in the last six matches played (0-1-5), conceding 14 goals in those five defeats, while the only draw ended with no goals.
The head to head records is not significant for this game as they didn’t play for the last nine years when Birmingham was in the Premier League. Still, the Citizens were a clearly superior team at that time. I think that this is a good chance for Pep to continue their winning streak and Agüero’s presence in the attacking line will give us the opportunity to see many goals from the locals. For this reason, and based on the odds given, I will place my bet for the -1 AH for Manchester City on the first half of the game. If you also want to enjoy the best odds and highest limits on the market, you should also register on the best betting software.