Our prediction for this Championship match:
Following back-to-back wins over the likes of Sheffield United and Millwall Fulham suffered a 3-1 loss to Brentford at Griffin Park in their last league fixture. The Cottagers aim to return to winning ways as soon as possible and we predict they will go all guns blazing at Birmingham City when the two teams face each other at Craven Cottage. Slavisa Jokanovic’s men do not want to give up on their Premier League dream, but seeing that they are nine points behind the play-offs berth in the Championship standings, this has to go down as a must-win game for the capital club. The Blues recorded only one win in previous seven league games and given their poor away record, there is every chance the visitors will return home empty-handed. In their last meeting in London Birmingham City defeated Fulham and, no doubt, the Cottagers are hungry for revenge.
Highlighted Player (Tim Ream):
After ending his college career at Saint Louis Billikens, Timothy Ream began playing for Chicago Fire at senior level. Speaking of his professional debut, the American footballer played the full 90 mins in New York Red Bulls’ opening match of the 2010 MLS season. On September 11, 2010 Tim Ream scored his first MLS goal in a 3-1 victory over Colorado Rapids. The USA defender made 58 appearances in the league for the Red Bulls and in 2012 he moved to Europa to sign a contract with Bolton Wanderers. Tim Ream signed a three-and-a-half year deal with the club and he made his debut for Bolton in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Millwall on February 18, 2012. In 2015 Ream moved to Fulham and he has been playing for the capital club ever since. The footballer, who wears No. 13 on his shirt at Fulham, made his debut for the USA national soccer team on November 17, 2010, in a 1-0 victory over South Africa.
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.