Our football match prediction:
Blackburn Rovers square off against Birmingham City at Ewood Park on Matchday 27. The Riversiders aim to make amends for a 3-2 loss to Ipswich Town and a win over Birmingham should see them escape the relegation zone. The situation at Ewood Park is alarming ahead of Saturday’s football match and we predict that the hosts will leave their hearts on the field against Gianfranco Zola’s troops. Blackburn Rovers definitely deserve to play in the English second tier and we believe that the Italian tactician is capable of helping the team avoid relegation to the League One. Birmingham City, on the other hand, aim to put an end to their five-match winless run in the league and it is more than obvious that they have not been on top of their game in January. Taking everything into account, there is a certain value in betting on the hosts.
Highlighted Player (Ben Marshall):
Ben Marshall began his youth career at Manchester United back in 1997 at the age of six. The winger, who is capable of playing at right back as well, was born on 29 March 1991 and he signed for Stoke City on 8 July 2009. After spending three years on loan at Northampton Town, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United and Sheffield Wednesday, he was sold to Leicester City on transfer deadline day (31 January 2012) for a fee of £750k. Marshall scored seven goals in 56 appearances for the King Power Stadium outfit and on 28 August 2013 he joined Blackburn Rovers. Marshall played 44 matches for Blackburn in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign and it has to be noted that he scored six goals for the Ewood Park outfit in all competitions. The winger made his debut for England U21 on 6 September against Azerbaijan. In the 2010/2011 season Ben Marshall won the Football League Trophy with Carlisle United and that is considered the biggest success of his career.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City. The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game. The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.