Our prediction for this Championship match:
Tuesday’s football game at St. Andrew’s Stadium pits together Birmingham City and Stoke City, the two teams who face each other in the Championship round 24. The Blues have been involved in some high-scoring games of late, with the team suffering a 3-2 loss to Leicester City, while playing out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Plymouth and they are likely to stick to their attacking style of play. Lee Buchanan suffered an injury in the last league fixture, with Mbule Longelo Emmanuel likely to step up, while Krystian Bielik serves a one-game ban.
The Potters, on the other hand, have drawn each of their last three league fixtures. Stoke City failed to win the previous four away games and, taking everything into account, the share of spoils is on the cards in the Boxing Day showdown. Ben Pearson is back from suspension, while all Frank Fielding, Enda Stevens, Ben Wilmot, and Emre Tezgel miss out with injuries.
Highlighted Player (Jack Bonham):
Jack Bonham is a professional footballer who was born in Stevenage on the 14th of September, 1993. The 26-year-old, although having born in England, is an Irish International and has featured for the Republic of Ireland's Under-17 team five times.
At the club level, he began his youth career with Watford and signed his first professional contract in September 2010 at the age of 17. Bonham's first-ever professional appearance came on the 4th of May, 2013 as a substitute against Leeds United in the final game of the 12/13 Championship season.
This appearance marked the 1.92 m standing goalkeeper's only appearance in a Watford shirt. Bonham then went on to play for clubs like Brentford, Carlisle United and Bristol Rovers before eventually joining Gillingham at the start of the 2019 season on a two-year contract. He's since featured nine times for the club and kept two clean sheets.