Tip Birmingham - Norwich
Both of these teams had a good weekend at the top and bottom of the Championship. Norwich City top the table and travel to Birmingham City who are 21st, one place above the bottom three. They were in the relegation zone until getting a much needed win at fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday. With Rotherham United also losing, City climbed out of the bottom three but are still in big trouble. They are two points clear of the drop zone but have played two games more than Rotherham and one more than Sheffield Wednesday. The win on Saturday ended a run of three straight defeats and six in the league without winning. Home form is a big problem for Birmingham with no win since last October. They have played 11 league games since then and picked up just two points. Only one goal has been scored in their last five league games at St Andrews and that was a penalty.
Now they host the league leaders who had a dream weekend. They won at home to Rotherham and with sides such as Brentford and Swansea losing, the Canaries are now seven points clear at the top of the table. Late January and early February saw them have a bad patch with two points from three league games and no goals scored. They have recovered well though with three straight league wins and seven goals scored with two successive clean sheets. City have only lost two of their last sixteen games in the Championship. They were inflicted on them by Watford and Swansea, currently third and fourth in the table. Away form is the best in the league with nine victories so far. The even better news is that Teemu Pukki is back in form with four goals in the last three league matches. The tip here is for Norwich to get an away win.
Key points Birmingham - Norwich
Birmingham City have just two points from their last 11 home league games.
Birmingham City have scored just a penalty in their last five home league fixtures.
Norwich City have won their last three league matches.
Norwich City have the best away record in the Championship.
Conclusion Birmingham - Norwich
Norwich City are in a great position now to make an immediate return to the Premier League. They are now seven points clear at the top of the table and won their last three league games. They travel to relegation threatened Birmingham City who are one place above the bottom three but have played more games than two of the sides below them. A long run without a win was ended at the weekend but their home form is appalling. Go for a Norwich away win.
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Birmingham Norwich Prediction published on February 20, 2021