Blackburn vs Birmingham Prediction: Have the Blues turned a corner?

 | November 28 | 

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Blackburn Rovers welcome Birmingham City to Ewood Park in the Championship on Wednesday evening (19:45) as Wayne Rooney looks to build on his first win in charge of the Blues.

Rovers bounced back from their derby defeat to Preston North End with a convincing 3-0 victory at Stoke City over the weekend, so this will be another tough test for Rooney's side.

Here are some of the best markets available for this second-tier clash.

Blackburn vs Birmingham Betting Tips

  • Blackburn and both teams to score - 11/5
  • Sammie Szmodics to score anytime - 7/5

Match Odds

Blackburn are 4/5 to claim their second consecutive win in midweek. You can back a draw at 11/4, while Birmingham are valued at 16/5.

Both teams to score in this fixture is on offer at 4/7. Over 2.5 goals is priced at 8/13.

Team News

Scott Wharton is a doubt for Blackburn after being forced off in the first half against Stoke over the weekend. Ryan Hedges and Sam Gallagher are both unavailable to face the Blues.

Birmingham are going to be without Tyler Roberts, Alfie Chang, Keshi Anderson and George Hall for the trip to Ewood Park.

Blackburn and both teams to score @ 11/5

Jon Dahl Tomasson's side responded brilliantly from their Preston defeat before the international break with a commanding away win at Stoke over the weekend, so they will be full of confidence ahead of their return to home soil. They beat Birmingham here 2-1 last season as former goalkeeper Thomas Kaminski gave an incredible performance to deny the Blues any points.

Blues boss Rooney will be delighted that he has picked up his first win after they defeated Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 on Saturday, but it is clear that they still have a long way to go to become the dominant team he wants them to be.

For only the second time since he took charge in October did they score more than once in a game, which will also raise the mood in the dressing room. However, they are facing a side that are in their second year with the same manager which means they are well-drilled, while Birmingham are still in a mini pre-season of sorts.

They may have enough to grab a goal in this one but Rovers should have enough to come away with the three points.

Sammie Szmodics to score anytime @ 7/5

Blackburn attacker Sammie Szmodics is having a great season in the second tier. The midfielder is the leading marksman in the Championship with 11 goals so far and has scored four goals in his last three appearances.

He kept his scoring run going at Stoke by putting the icing on the cake with his side's third goal in Staffordshire, which came deep into injury time. It just further highlights how much of a threat in front of goal he has become this year as he enjoys the best season of his career at this level.

Birmingham are going to have a tough time trying to deal with his well-timed runs and the space he tends to occupy. Szmodics has the quality to make Rooney's joy short-lived.

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