Our prediction for this Championship match:
After sharing the spoils with Coventry City on Tuesday evening, Birmingham City will look to return to winning ways in the Championship when they host Blackpool to their St. Andrew’s Stadium. The Blues failed to find the net in the previous two league fixtures; therefore, we are unlikely to see goals galore in Saturday’s showdown. Midfielder Ryan Woods is banned for the match, while all George Friend, Jordan Graham, Maxime Colin, Kristian Pedersen, and Adan George should miss out with injuries.
The Seasiders, on the other hand, failed to win the previous four league fixtures. Since Blackpool have been struggling in front of goal of late as well, we are tempted to put our money on under 2.5 goals. The Seasiders will be without Luke Garbutt, Richard Keogh, Kevin Stewart, Grant Ward, Chris Maxwell, and Matty Virtue in Saturday’s clash.
Highlighted Player (Maikel Kieftenbeld):
Maikel Kieftenbeld is a defensive midfielder who plays for Birmingham City. The Dutch footballer was born on 26 June, 1990 and he made his senior debut for Go Ahead Eagles on 8 August 2008. Kieftenbeld played 63 matches for Go Ahead Eagles and scored three goals for the Dutch team.
After ending his spell with the Adelaarshorts outfit, he joined Groningen on 17 June, 2010 on a four-year deal. The Eredivisie club paid a €300,000 fee for the midfielder and it has to be noted that he spent five years at Euroborg stadium. Maikel Kieftenbeld then signed a three-year contract with Birmingham City for an undisclosed fee. The Dutch footballer scored three goals in 42 appearances for the Blues in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign.
Kieftenbeld was born in Dalfsen where he attended Heilig Hartschool. His mother Anja played volleyball, while his father Joop worked as a football coach. The Birmingham City midfielder is well known for his ability to pass the ball quickly to his teammates, but for his hard tackles as well.
Highlighted Team (Blackpool):
Blackpool FC are a professional English club based in Blackpool, Lancashire. Considering that Blackpool is a seaside town, it is no surprise they are nicknamed the Seasiders. Founded back in 1887, the club play their home matches at Bloomfield Road, which can hold up to 17,338 spectators. In the 2009/2010 season Blackpool secured promotion to the Premier League, but they were not competitive at this level, suffering relegation to the Championship the following season.
The club’s biggest success, though, came in 1953 when they defeated Bolton Wanderers 4-3 in the FA Cup final. Blackpool are well known for their orange shirts, but the dominant colour of their away kit is white. Preston are considered the club’s biggest rivals, with the two teams facing each other in the West Lancashire derby.
Charlie Adam, who played for Liverpool and has 26 caps for Scotland national team, is regarded as one of the club’s most notable players.