Ryan Lowe’s recently lost their FA Cup tie against Cardiff City by 2:1. However, they are on a winning streak in the Championship and would look forward to increasing the winning streak.
Preston men defeated higher-ranked Stoke City in their last Championship match by 2:1. Preston is currently in the 14th position securing 31 points from 23 matches.
On the other hand, Birmingham is going through a rough patch of form winning only once in their last 5 games. They even lost in the FA Cup to third division side Plymouth Argyle by 1:0.
Lee Bowyer’s men are currently in the 18th position in the league table with 27 points out of the 24 played. They would have to look for a win to see themselves out of the relegation zone.
Preston vs Birmingham Team News, Suspension, Injuries
Both sides are set to miss a number of players due to injuries. Preston North End will miss Tom Barkhuizen, Matthew Olosunde, Isaiah Brown, and Josh Murphy due to injury.
Meanwhile, Birmingham City is set to miss Marc Roberts, Lukasz Jutkiewicz, Harlee Dean, and Jordan Graham.
Head to Head
Preston North End holds an edge over Birmingham City in the head-to-head clash in all competitions. Both the sides have faced each other 100 times out of which Preston has won 40 times. Meanwhile, Birmingham has won 36 times while the points have been shared by the two sides 24 times.
Birmingham form in last 5 matches: W-L-D-L-L
Preston form in last 5 matches: W-D-L-W-W
Preston North End possible lineup:
Iversen; Storey, Bauer, Hughes; Van den Berg, Browne, Whiteman, Earl; Johnson; Maguire, Jakobsen
Birmingham City possible lineup:
Etheridge; Colin, Mengi, Pedersen, Familia-Castillo; Gardner, Sunjic, James; Campbell; Aneke, Hogan
Both sides need a win to consolidate their positions at the league table. However, looking at the recent forms, it looks like Birmingham has a tough task to defeat Preston in their backyard. Meanwhile, Preston would look forward to carrying on their impressive winning streak.
So, we expect Preston to win comfortably by a margin of 1 goal.