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After both got off to a strong start in the new championship campaign, Birmingham city and Bournemouth will compete against each other on Wednesday with three important points.
The two sides are each on four points from two games when the hosts beat Sheffield United on Wednesday opening day, while Bournemouth beat Nottingham Forest last time.
Prediction for this match
Back then Lee Bowyer took over as coach last season, Birmingham City were caught in a heated battle for survival and were in the relegation zone after a 3-0 defeat by Bristol City in March.
However, the former Blues midfielder quickly turned around and took a win in his first game against promotion hunters Reading, while at the end of the season they racked up 17 points from his 10 responsible games.
Despite two heavy losses at the end of the season as the foot was taken off the gas slightly, Birmingham reached a comfortable 18th to seek a higher position in Bowyer’s first full year at the top.
The Midlands got off to a perfect start with an impressive 1-0 away win against a much-loved Sheffield United side on opening day Maxime Colin drive in the winner within the first 20 minutes.
After beating Colchester United 1-0 in the EFL Cup, Birmingham faced another tough test last time around against Stoke City and the teams shared the points after a goalless draw.
With four points from two tough games, Bowyer’s men will be eager to continue their strong start with another impressive result against a Bournemouth side who have been promoted this season.
In their first season after relegation from the Premier League, Bournemouth went into the final season with the hope of an immediate return to the major league. Jonathan Woodgate led the cherries to the playoff spots late in the season.
In sixth place they reached the semi-finals with Brentford and although Bournemouth took the 1-0 lead after the home game, Bournemouth failed to reach the final as they were beaten 3-1 away for the second straight season in the championship.
After Woodgate’s contract was not renewed, Scott Parker came as coach of Fulham in the club and started with a commendable point against relegated West Bromwich Albion in the league.
A severely decimated team from Bournemouth took the lead on two separate occasions Emiliano Marcondes and Philipp Billing, but goals from Dara O’Shea and Callum Robinson saw the baggies escape with a point.
Last time Parker took his side against Nottingham Forest away, and David Brooks introduce them Scott McKenna Right at the beginning of the second half, the hosts managed to equalize.
Billing scored his second win of the season to restore the Cherries lead after an hour and despite a red card to Brooks immediately afterwards, they stood strong to see the 2-1 win and scoop all three points.
Now they want to extend their positive start to the season with another win on Wednesday when they start their journey to the Midlands.
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Birmingham City remains without a goalkeeper Neil Etheridge, and Wolverhampton Wanderers Borrowers Matija Sarki has represented impressively and played to zero in the first two league games.
Manchester United borrower Tahith Chong also retired due to injury following an impressive debut against Sheffield United.
Bowyer should stick with the forward pairing again Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Hogan that kept the blues safe last season.
Bournemouth continues to struggle with an injury crisis since Lewis Cook, Steve Cook, Ben Pearson, Jack Stacey, Junior Stanislas, Adam Smith and Arnaut Danjuma all remain out of action.
Selection concerns were only exacerbated by the banning of key players in the form of the midfielder Jefferson Lerma and winger David Brooks after Lerma was suspended for six games due to a disciplinary problem last season, while Brooks was shown a red card last season.
The long absentee list has forced Scott Parker to trust several young Bournemouth stars, including Jaidon Anthony, Gavin Kilkenny and Jordan Zemura all in an impressive way.
Birmingham City possible starting line-up:
Sarkish; Roberts, Dean, Pedersen; Colin, Gardner, Woods, Sunjic, Bela; Jutkiewicz, Hogan
Bournemouth possible starting line-up:
Trusses; Mepham, Rossi, Kelly, Zemura; Marcondes, Kilkenny, Billing; Anthony, Solanke, Saydee
Probability: Birmingham City 1-0 Bournemouth
While this young Bournemouth side have impressed under Parker so far, they will face an experienced and determined team from Birmingham that are seldom beaten on home soil.
On this occasion, we see the experience of the Blues getting them across the line against a young team as Bowyer’s men continue their impressive start to the new campaign.
Best betting tip for this match
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