Our prediction for this Championship match:
Watford will be aiming to put an end to their three-match winless run when they face Birmingham City on Tuesday evening. The Hornets have been struggling in front of goal of late, but the bookies still see them as favourites to beat the Blues on home soil. Hamza Choudhury is banned for the match, while all Cleverley, Kamara, Sierralta, Ferreira, Dele-Bashiru, Kayembe, Hause, and Goslin miss out with injuries.
The visitors, on the other hand, aim to build on a 2-0 win over Rotherham United. Birmingham City, though, have been struggling on the travels of late, which is probably the main reason why we are going to bet on Watford. Juninho Bacuna misses out through suspension, while all Gardner, Sanderson, Deeney, Williams, Bellingham, Campbell, and Placheta remain in the recovery room. In their last meeting at the venue Watford rolled over Birmingham 3-0.
Highlighted Player (Joao Pedro):
Joao Pedro played for Atletico Mineiro during his youth career and he made no less than 11 appearances for the club at senior level. The Brazilian footballer, who was born on 9 March, 1992 in Ipatinga, signed a deal with Palermo on 30 August, 2010 and he made his debut for the Sicilian outfit in the Serie A on 17 January, 2011.
He came as a substitute to replace Josip Ilicic in a 3-1 defeat to Cagliari. On 29 January, 2011 he joined Vitoria Guimaraes on loan and on 19 August he was loaned to Penarol of Uruguay. After ending his loan spell with the Uruguayan team, the Brazilian midfielder joined Santos and he played 10 games for the Brazilian team.
On 1 July he signed a contract with Estoril and he moved to Cagliari at the end of the season. Joao Pedro has 11 caps for Brazil U17 and he scored one goal for the national team.
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.