Our prediction for this match:
After sharing the spoils with Barrow in their last warm-up game, Birmingham City will be aiming to return to winning ways when they take on Northampton Town at Sixfields Stadium on Saturday afternoon. The Blues continue their preparations for the new Championship campaign, and we are positive that head coach Lee Bowyer will use this friendly to test as many players as possible for the season opener against Sheffield United.
All Halilovic, Jutkiewicz, McGree, Simmonds, and San Jose are pushing for a start. The Cobblers, on the other hand, have been struggling in pre-season, with the team losing each of their three warm-up games. Northampton face a difficult task in Saturday’s friendly, and we do not believe that they are capable of matching the Championship side in their fourth outing of the pre-season. When the two teams met in a friendly back in 2015 they played out a 2-2 draw.
Highlighted Player (Joseph Mills):
Joseph Mills is an Aston Villa product who plays for Northampton Town in the League One. Mills moved to Southampton in 2006, and he continued playing for the Saints at senior level. After ending his loan spells with Scunthorpe United and Doncaster Rovers, the pacey left-back joined Reading in 2011, but he made no more than 15 appearances for the Royals in the league.
After his short spell with Burnley, Joseph Mills moved to Oldham Athletic, and it has to be noted that he played for the likes of Perth Glory, Shrewsbury Town, and Forest Green Rovers as well before moving to Northampton Town.
Mills was born in Swindon, England on October 30, 1989, and he wears the No. 23 shirt with the Cobblers. His primary position is left-back, but coaches use him as a left midfielder as well. He has a contract with Northampton Town which should expire in June 2022.
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.