- Birmingham are on the Championship’s longest winless run (12 games)
- The visitors have lost four of their last five matches
- Preston have seven wins in 12 against Birmingham including victories in the last two encounters
- The hosts have won all of their first five home clashes with the bottom six and they can make it a clean sweep on Saturday.
Two sides in need of a boost
Saturday pits together the movable object of Preston against a very stoppable Brimingham side. Between them in a combined 14 matches since the restart we’ve seen a single victory – Preston’s 3-1 success over Sheffield Wednesday. They’ve had it tough since then, picking up a point across clashes with Nottingham Forest and Brentford.
That run has left them with the fourth-worst record across the last eight matches. However, Birmingham have the worst. The Blues have picked up just three points in that period, with the club narrowly crossing the line to assumed safety after picking up their 50th point of the season against Charlton in midweek. However, now the Blues have little to fight for on top of their dire form, could things be about to get even worse in the run-in?
Blues in a spiral
Birmingham are looking for their first victory in the Championship since February (1-0 v Barnsley) – they are currently on the longest winless run of any team in the division (12 games). They come into this one with back to back away losses behind them, while the Blues have lost four of their last five outings in the Championship overall.
The visitors have also got an awful record at this ground. Across their last 18 league trips to Deepdale and Preston (excluding play-offs), Birmingham have managed to win just once – 2-0 in February 2001 – losing 10 of these matches (D7). Preston have only suffered one defeat in the last 12 league meetings with Birmingham (W7 D4), including two back-to-back 1-0 wins most recently.
Preston can pick things up
Preston are winless in their last four Championship home games (D1 L3) – they last went five without a win on home soil in the competition in November 2017. They have an excellent opportunity to recover their form at home this week, as they look for a sixth win from six against the league’s bottom six at Deepdale.
They won 11 times at home from 22 games including nine wins against the sides from 12th and below. Our prediction here is a home win for a Preston side who have shown themselves capable of dealing with poor sides at their own ground. Alex Neil’s side have shown some signs of life with just one loss – to an unstoppable Brentford side – in their last four.
We’re backing the hosts to claim the points here and deliver another blow to a Birmingham side who are in need of a break and a fresh start. On top of that, we are going with a 2-1 victory as our correct score prediction, seeing as Preston have conceded in 18 consecutive home matches and in nine of their 11 home victories this term, including five 2-1 wins.