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The Championship meeting at Vicarage Road Stadium on Saturday sees hosts Watford playing against Birmingham City.
All Watford v Birmingham City match predictions, user poll and stats are shown below including the latest game odds.
Watford will play in this fixture coming off the back of a 3-3 Championship drawn match against Coventry City.
In that game, Watford had 47% possession and 14 shots on goal with 5 of them on target. For Watford, goals were scored by Mileta Rajovic (35', 79'), Matheus Martins (52') and Wesley Hoedt (64' Own goal). For their opponents, Coventry City got 16 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Milan van Ewijk (41') and Matt Godden (87') scored for Coventry City.
Valérien Ismaël's Watford have scored 8 times in their prior half-dozen outings. The number of goals that have been scored against them in those same fixtures stands at 6.
Pre-game facts show that Watford:
- haven't been beaten in the league by Birmingham City in their last 5 games.
- have not won at home in their last 2 league games.
Last time out, Birmingham City drew 1-1 in the Championship match with Millwall.
In that match, Birmingham City managed 57% possession and 17 shots on goal with 4 on target. The scorer for Birmingham City was Jay Stansfield (53'). Millwall got 9 shots at goal with 3 on target. Kevin Nisbet (6') scored for Millwall.
In their last 6 outings, Birmingham City have amassed the sum of 9 goals. Birmingham City have additionally got on the scoresheet on each one of those occasions. During that period, their defenders have seen 5 goals scored by their opponents. That aside, we must now wait to see whether that pattern will persist in this match or not.
A look at their previous results shows us that Birmingham City:
- are winless against Watford when they've played them away from home in the last 6 matches in the league. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are unbeaten in their previous 2 league matches away from home.
Head to head
Looking over their prior head to head meetings dating back to 04/11/2014 shows us that Watford have won 4 of these & Birmingham City 1, with the tally of drawn results being 1.
A combined sum of 13 goals were produced between them throughout the course of those matches, with 10 for The Hornets and 3 belonging to The Blues. That’s an average goals per game figure of 2.17.
The previous league encounter between the two was Championship match day 37 on 14/03/2023 when the final score was Watford 3-0 Birmingham City.
In that match, Watford managed 51% possession and 11 shots at goal with 5 on target. The goals were scored by Imrân Louza (6'), Keinan Davis (16') and Britt Assombalonga (73').
For their opponents, Birmingham City got 8 shots on goal with 6 on target.
The referee was Darren England.
Team News: Watford
The Watford manager Valérien Ismaël has zero fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash with a fully injury-free squad to choose from.
We are thinking that The Hornets should use the 4-3-3 formation featuring Daniel Bachmann, Jeremy Ngakia, Ryan Porteous, Wesley Hoedt, Ken Sema, Imran Louza, Francisco Sierralta, Tom Dele-Bashiru, Tom Ince, Matheus Martins and Mileta Rajovic.
Team News: Birmingham City
Thanks to a completely injury-free group available to select from, the Birmingham City boss John Eustace doesn’t have any fitness worries to speak of ahead of this clash.
We are inclined to think that The Blues might make use of a 4-2-3-1 system with a starting lineup of John Ruddy, Cody Drameh, Dion Sanderson, Kevin Long, Lee Buchanan, Ivan Sunjic, Krystian Bielik, Koji Miyoshi, Jay Stansfield, Keshi Anderson and Scott Hogan.
In our view, Birmingham City may find it difficult to get anything against this Watford side who we think will likely end up scoring and possibly keep a clean sheet as well.
We’re therefore predicting a 1-0 winning margin for Watford at the end of the 90 minutes.
Let’s see what happens.
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⚽️ Team Focus:
Stadium: Vicarage Road Stadium (22,200)
Captain: Daniel Bachmann
Chairman: Scott Duxbury
Manager: Valérien Ismaël
Competitions: Championship position 18
🔑 Star Player: Mileta Rajovic
Regularly taking to the field in the Striker position, Mileta Rajovic was born in Denmark. Having made a first senior appearance for Næstved in the 2022 - 2023 season, the gifted Forward has accumulated 2 league goals in the Championship 2023 - 2024 campaign so far from a total of 2 appearances.