Birmingham v Sheff Wed Betting Preview

Despite Birmingham's lack of goals at St.Andrew's this season Sheffield Wednesday look incapable of defending just now and have conceded 10 in their last three away outings.

Despite the Carling Cup Final becoming tantalisingly close Birmingham will have to put that particular fixture to the back of their minds if they are to make the quarter finals of the FA cup at the expense of a struggling Sheffield Wednesday side.

Alex McLeish described his teams performance as 'flat' and 'tired' after their 2-0 midweek defeat against Newcastle. So he is likely to make plenty of changes for this match as he did in the previous round at home to Coventry. Martin Jiranek and Liam Ridgewell are certain to miss out for The Blues.

Sheffield Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns coming into this one but Giles Coke will be suspended after being sent off in the midweek defeat to Tranmere.

Owls haven't flown away from home

Gary Megson has made a rather uninspiring start to his career as Wednesday boss with one draw and two defeats, but in his defence the slump had started well before his arrival. The midweek defeat means that Wednesday have not recorded victory in their last six games losing four in the process.

They have lost their last six away from Hillsbrough and have been defeated on their travels more than any other team in League One suggesting Megson may be in for another difficult afternoon.

Before The Blues' own midweek defeat they had been in good form winning four of their previous five games and registering a very credible draw against Manchester City in the same sequence.

Despite McLeish's men only being defeated at St. Andrew's three times this season they have also only won one of their previous six league games at home. But with starting places at Wembley perhaps up for grabs back their fringe players to fire Birmingham into the Quarter Finals at betting odds of 4/7.

Will Owls have their hooting boots on?

Despite their lowly league position and poor away form The Owls do have a very credible scoring record on their travels. Wednesday have netted 22 times in their 15 away games, the second highest in League One outside the play-off places.

The downside is that they concede on average just under two a game when playing away from home. If McLeish has watched the video from their defeat to Tranmere he will have noted that Wednesday failed to deal with basically anything that entered their box at height. Essentially playing into the home sides hands, especially if Nikola Zigic starts.

Wednesday will be hoping that former Blues favourite Clinton Morrison who netted 31 in 56 games in his first spell at Birmingham will provide the goal threat. He already has five in this year's competition and is 3/1 to net anytime.

Birmingham have scored the least amount of home league goals in the entire country with a meagre 13, however they did net three at home in the last round.

Cameron Jerome is likely to start up front and he will need to impress if he has any chance of starting at Wembley. He is 4/1 to net the first goal.

Despite Birmingham's lack of goals at St.Andrew's this season Sheffield Wednesday look incapable of defending just now and have conceded 10 in their last three away outings. So backing over 2.5 goals at betting odds of 4/5 looks a sensible bet.

McLeish will hoping that this match provides the perfect confidence boost going into next weeks Final. Megson will just be hoping that the score line is kept respectable.

Written By:- Dean McHugh (About our Authors)
Posted on:- 17/02/2011 - 17:10 PM
Filed in:- Premier League Betting News


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