Our prediction for this Championship match:
St. Andrew’s Stadium will host Saturday’s football match between Birmingham City and Bristol City. The Blues head into the game following back-to-back draws against the like of Aston Villa and Huddersfield Town and they are eager to start a new winning run in the Championship. Birmingham City are just one point behind the play-offs berth and we predict that the hosts will fight tooth and nail against Bristol City. Gary Rowett’s team are after their fifth home win of the season and it has to be noted that they have already defeated the likes of Norwich City, Sheffield Wednesday, Blackburn Rovers and Rotherham United on home soil this term. Bristol City do not seem to be at the top of their game ahead of the trip to Birmingham and considering that they recorded only one win in previous five league fixtures, we predict that they will return home empty-handed.
Highlighted Player (Stephen Gleeson):
Stephen Gleeson is an Irish footballer who plays for Birmingham City as a midfielder. His main position is central midfield, but he is capable of playing as a defensive midfielder as well. Gleeson was born in Dublin on 3 August, 1988 and he has 16 caps for Republic of Ireland U21 team. He made his senior debut for the Boys in Green in a 1-1 draw with Ecuador on 23 May, 2006. Stephen Gleeson started his youth career at Cherry Orchard and as a boy he admired Republic of Ireland ace Roy Keane. At the age of 18 he signed for Wolverhampton Wanderers, but he made no more than three league appearances for the Wolves between 2006 and 2009. He enjoyed loan stints with Stockport County, Hereford United and Milton Keynes Dons during that period and on 1 July, 2009 he signed a three-year deal with the Dons. After playing 174 matches for the club, he joined Birmingham City for the 2014/2015 Championship campaign. It has to be noted that he scored five goals in 44 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Highlighted Team (Bristol City):
Bristol City are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Bristol. Formed in 1894 the Robins mostly participated in English lower leagues and they have never played in the Premier League. Bristol City’s bitterest rivals are Bristol Rovers and it has to be noted that two teams first met in 1897. Bristol City have outplayed their local rivals on 43 occasions in the Bristol Derby.
Cardiff City are regarded as Bristol City’s bitter rivals as well. The Robins play their home games at Ashton Gate, the stadium that was opened in 1887. Bristol City were semi-finalists of the League Cup two times (1970/1971, 1988/1989), with the team making it to the FA Cup final in 1909.
The Robins faced Manchester United in the title game, but they failed to upset the English giants in the Crystal Palace clash. It is well known that Bristol City footballers wear red shirts and blue shorts.