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Eden Jon 29th Nov 2012 - 14:59

Birmingham v Middlesbrough Preview - Nov 30th

Both sides have seen Premier League football in recent years and as every team discovers when they are relegated to the Championship, climbing back into the top echelon is no easy task.

Despite ten goals from Watford old boy Marlon King (9/2 first scorer and 6/5 any time scorer), Birmingham (6/4 to win) have struggled to string together results and consequently they sit perilously close to the relegation zone.

By direct contrast, Middlesbrough's top scorer Scott McDonald (13/2 first scorer and 15/8 any time scorer) has hit the back of the net only six times to date, yet goals are arriving from all areas of the pitch and The Teesiders (8/5 for an away success, with the draw currently 23/10) are enjoying the view from third position, just three points behind the leaders.

Birmingham have taken eleven of a possible 27 points from their nine home matches and scored a lean thirteen goals, although to their credit they have conceded only ten, compared to Boro's sixteen points, eleven goals for and twelve against.

The figures suggest a tightly fought low scoring game. However both teams have been involved in numerous goal feasts and while their aims and prospects are extremely different, the three points would give Blues boss Lee Clark some much needed breathing space and Tony Mowbray a possible stint at the head of the Championship table.

Best Bet:
Double Result - Draw/Birmingham @ 11/2 and Double Result Draw/Middlesbrough @ 11/2

A little speculation:
Correct Score - Birmingham 1 - Middlesbrough 3 @ 20/1

In addition, we have enhanced the odds on Marlon King to score and Birmingham City to win to 3/1 and Scott McDonald to score and Middlesbrough to win to 5/1.

Opta Stats and Facts:
• Just one of the last 27 encounters between these two sides in all competitions have been won by the side playing away from home.
• The Blues have enjoyed just two wins in their last six clashes with ‘Boro, although those two victories have come in the last three meetings.
• The last three meetings between the two sides have all seen the winning side score three goals exactly (two wins for the Blues and one for ‘Boro).
• Marlon King has netted seven goals in City's last eight games.
• Boro have lost just one of their last six games on the road (W4 D1).


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