Our prediction for this Championship match:
Leeds United will look to make amends for back-to-back losses to Preston and WBA when they welcome Birmingham City to their Elland Road on Monday afternoon. The Whites are eager to move closer to the automatic promotion berth and they are likely to fight tooth and nail against the Blues. Goalkeeper Illan Meslier remains on the sidelines through suspension, while both Jamie Shackleton and Stuart Dallas are out of contention with injuries.
Birmingham City, meanwhile, aim to put an end to their four-game winless run in the Championship. The Blues have already suffered eight defeats on the road this term and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling Leeds United’s party at Elland Road. Krystian Bielik is sidelined through suspension, while all Lee Buchanan, Ethan Laird, Alfie Chang, and George Hall are sidelined with injuries, speaking of the visiting team.
Highlighted Player (Patrick Bamford):
Known for his technical ability and versatility, Patrick Bamford is an English professional footballer who plays for Leeds United in the Championship. The 6ft tall forward who was born in Grantham, Lincolnshire, is a Nottingham Forest youth product and signed his first professional with the club in 2011. He made his professional debut, playing for the Reds in a 0-1 home defeat to Cardiff on the 31st of December, 2011.
Bamford's career then took him to Premier League giants Chelsea with whom he signed a five year deal worth 1.5 million pounds on the 31st of January, 2012. His time at the Blues included loan spells at clubs like Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County, Middlesborough, Crystal Palace, Norwich, and Burnley. He scored his first professional goal while playing for Milton against Crewe Alexandra on the 19th of March, 2013. In January 2017, Bamford permanently left Chelsea to reunite with Middlesborough on a four-and-a-half-year deal. In his second spell, Bamford made 47 appearances for the club and scored 12 goals.
The Striker followed up by joining Championship side Leeds United for the 18/19 season and is currently on a four-and-a-half-year contract with the club. Born on the 5th of September, 1993, the 26-year-old initially featured for the Republic of Ireland under-18 team before switching to represent England for whom he's gone on to serve at the under-18, under-19, and the under-21 level.