BOLTON VS BIRMINGHAM PREVIEW & PREDICTION
On Wednesday, at 20:00, Bolton receives Birmingham City’s fourth round of the second English league, and the figures of the last direct duels look hallucinating: in the last 5 straight games, only two goals scored, three draws 0-0 and two 1-0 record wins (both for Birmingham). The two suffer in this season start 2018/2019.
Draw is a likely score here, judging by the problems of the two bands. Birmingham started a 2-2 lead in front of Norwich, then lost to Middlesbrough (0-1) and dragged Swansea (0-0). It’s not a easy start for Garry Monk’s season, and Bolton’s move seems to be more accessible. But Birmingham struggles in attack, although it dominated Swansea, and fixed phases remain the main hope of white-blue glory. Bolton, on the other hand, has shown a bad defensive performance so far.
Bolton can not dominate the side teams.
Bolton has 7 points in 3 stages, but the results will not mask the problems seen by team fans. After a surprising 2-1 at the WBA, in the first round, Bolton made 2-2 with Bristol on his own field, a match in which the guests seemed closer to victory. The last round, Bolton won 1-0 at Reading, although it was dominated by the hosts, only because of Wildschut’s momentary glimpse. Reading had the ball 65% of the time and had 19 sutures, but only 4 cadres. All the statistics were against Bolton, who thus obtained 3 lucky points without necessarily convincing through the game.
Birmingham has been without a win for a long time and a point on this move would not be a bad result. That’s why we think the guests will come to grips with the cautious game, while Bolton has trouble dominating the opponents. Expect yet another dark match, with great emphasis on defensive, counter-attacks, fixed phases and maximum physical commitment.
PREDICTION: Both teams to score / NO @ 1.75