Bet365 Tips previews Saturday’s championship clash between Birmingham City and Luton Town, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
Birmingham City host Luton Town on Saturday afternoon, sitting in the relegation zone of the championship, after four games without a win.
Although the Hatters played three unsuccessful games, Nathan JonesThe club side remains six points above the last three.
Having witnessed their team showing more ambition in the last third against Bournemouth last weekend, some Birmingham fans see the 3-2 defeat as a step in the right direction.
However, the achievement of just one championship victory in 11 games finally reached the Blues, which now occupies the 23rd position in the standings.
As long as there is time for Aitor KarankaOn the side of the team to get back on track, the Spaniard knows that it will not be easy to change the mentality of a squad that has quality players.
Scott HoganThe one-two at Vitality Stadium led him to five hits this season, taking him to the top of the scoring table.
However, the fact that no other player has scored more than three goals tells the story of the Birmingham season, increasing the need for a story twist at St Andrew’s on Saturday.
Unlike its hosts, Luton has enjoyed a relatively stress-free campaign in the second division, after miraculously avoiding relegation in 2019-20.
Although a surprise offer for the playoffs was already on the agenda, Jones will have few complaints if the club manages to stay away from a battle for survival.
After three losses in five games, this is a scenario that seems less likely, raising the stakes before the trip to the West Midlands.
Only 12 points have been won in their last 10 league games, and maintaining that ratio will be more than enough to keep the club out of trouble.
However, a third defeat in four games would cause concern on Kenilworth Road, especially with a series of clashes against potential rivals right there.
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Karanka had previously shown a preference for naming a resolved team, an approach that could lead to the same Birmingham XI this weekend.
However, recent additions Yan Valery, Harper Rekeem and Sam Cosgrove they are all fighting for their first beginnings for the Blues.
Defender Marc Roberts remains absent while serving the second suspension of two games.
Prick is fighting for his debut for Luton, after arriving on loan from Stoke City.
Jones can stay with the same team that drew with Huddersfield, as long as the Hatters don’t have to face late fitness problems.
Possible starting lineup for Birmingham City:
Etheridge; Colin, Dean, Amigo, Pedersen; Gardner, San Jose, Sunjic; Sanchez, Hogan, Bela
Possible initial lineup for Luton Town:
Sluga; Pearson, Lockyer, Bradley, Potts; Mpanzu, Berry, Dwesbury-Hall; Cornick, Collins, Clark
Probability: Birmingham City 1-1 Luton Town
For the first time this season, Luton has to worry about the clubs behind him, which could lead to a change in Jones’ approach. With that in mind, we feel that visitors will be happy to ensure that they win a share of the spoils against their hosts.