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EFL Championship Preview: Birmingham Still Looking For First League Win Of Season

Midlands club host West Brom this Friday in fierce local derby and will be striving for the three points

The seventh round of action in the EFL Championship – the second tier of English football’s domestic pyramid – kicks off this coming Friday (14 September) with a derby game between Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. The following day sees early season pace setters Leeds United and Middlesbrough continue their campaigns on the road, with the two promotion favourites currently neck and neck at the top of the table.

First things first

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And the action gets underway on the Friday night, when Birmingham City welcome West Brom to their St. Andrews home. Birmingham sit fifth from the bottom and have not won any of their six league outings thus far, and to make matters worse they have failed to score in five of seven games across all competitions.

West Brom, by way of comparison, are seventh after a shaky start to the season and are in seventh place, just a point outside the play-off places. The Baggies have won three of their six league matches to date.

And it can be said that west Brom have enjoyed playing Birmingham of late. Albion have won all three of the most recent meetings between the two teams – the last two away from home – scoring a total of eight goals in the process.

It is therefore of little surprise that it is West Brom who come into this match as the favourites to take the points. You can more than double your money by backing the visitors to win at 2.20, while Birmingham are out at 3.30 – a 2-1 away win is priced at 9.00, thereby offering close to a ten-fold return on any investment, according to the Oddsshark site.

Championship leaders Leeds head to the Den

And on the Saturday, league leaders Leeds United will look to maintain their excellent start to the season when they travel to the New Den to take on Millwall. The London club have won just one match so far this season and have lost their last three league matches in a row.

Leeds remain unbeaten under the eccentric veteran Marcelo Bielsa, but have suffered a slight wobble of late. First, they lost 2-0 at home to Preston in the second round of the League Cup before being held to a goalless draw, again at home, by title rivals Middlesbrough – that’s two games on the trot without a goal for Leeds now.

Nevertheless, they travel south as the firm favourites to pick up three points here. Leeds are at 2.20 to make it five wins from seven in the league, while Millwall are at 3.20 to record just their second league win of the campaign.

Given Leeds’ paucity in front of goal recently, this could be a low scoring affair. A narrow, 1-0 win for the visitors is priced at 8.00, meaning that a US$5 bet would lead to a US$40 pay out.

Middlesbrough look to keep on Leeds’ coat-tails

And finally, Middlesbrough also travel south on Saturday as they face Norwich City at Carrow Road. Boro are undefeated so far this season and, at 2.50, are joint favourites along with Leeds to win promotion to the Premier League come May.

Despite a slow start to the season, Norwich will still harbour hopes of at least booking a play-off place for themselves at the end of the season. And you can back the Canaries to finish the campaign in the top six at a price of 5.00.

Norwich however have managed just one league win so far this season and are in desperate need of three points to kick start their campaign. Their chances do not look good here, however – when Leeds came to town last month, the Canaries were thumped 3-0.

And it is indeed Middlesbrough who come in as the favourites to record a win on the road, although the betting is close in this one. Boro are at 2.50 to take the points, while Norwich are only slightly higher at 2.70 – a draw would look to be the least likely result, at 3.40 – a 2-1 win for Middlesbrough is priced at 10.00, while you could also more than double your money by backing over 2.5 goals in the game at 2.10.

EFL Championship round 7 fixtures:

Friday, 14 September

(3.30) Birmingham v West Brom (2.20); draw (3.25)

Saturday, 15 September

(2.80) Bolton x QPR (2.50); draw (3.25)

(1.75) Brentford x Wigan (4.50); draw (3.60)

(2.70) Bristol City x Sheffield United (2.50); draw (3.40)

(2.20) Hull x Ipswich (3.25); draw (3.30)

(3.20) Millwall x Leeds (2.20); draw (3.40)

(2.70) Norwich x Middlesbrough (2.50); draw (3.40)

(1.72) Preston x Reading (5.00); draw (3.50)

(3.50) Rotherham x Derby (2.05); draw (3.40)

(2.87) Sheffield Wednesday x Stoke City (2.37); draw (3.40)

(2.20) Swansea x Nottingham Forest (3.25); draw (3.30)

(2.62) Blackburn Rovers x Aston Villa (2.60); draw (3.30)

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