Our prediction for this Championship match:
Birmingham City will look to put an end to their three-game losing run when they take on Luton Town in the Championship round 34. The Blues have been struggling at the back of late, but their Championship status is not in danger yet. Since Birmingham’s injury list includes the likes of Deeney, Bielik, Khadra, Williams, Bellingham, Campbell, Roberts, and Placheta, home win should not be considered.
The Hatters, on the other hand, are eager to stay in the playoffs berth, and we predict that they will take advantage of the current situation in Birmingham’s dressing room. Defender Tom Lockyer is banned for the match, while Alfie Doughty should replace Cody Drameh in the starting XI as the later did not seem to fit in the defeat to Burnley. Marvelous Nakamba, Luke Freeman, Jack Walton, and Sonny Bradley are sidelined with injuries as well.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league.
The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000.
The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
Highlighted Team (Luton ):
Founded back on April 11, 1885, Luton Town are an English club that compete in the Championship. The Hatters welcome their rivals at Kenilworth Road, the stadium which was opened in 1905. The capacity of the stadium is 10,356, with Luton Borough Council owning the venue.
Luton Town wear orange shirts with a little white and dark blue and dark blue shorts when playing at home, whilst their away colours are white and dark blue. Andy Rennie is the club’s all-time top scorer, netting 162 goals in all competitions for the Hatters. The likes of Joe Payne, Hugh Billington, Bernard Streten, Dyd Owen, Bob Morton, Ron Baynham, Gordon Turner and Mal Donaghy are one of the club’s most notable players as well.
Luton Town finished the 2018/2019 League One campaign in top position in the standings and, as a result, they will compete in the Championship in the 2019/2020 season.