Birmingham vs Brentford – Little to buzz about for goal-shy Bees
Despite being likely to play a much-changed side to that regularly starting in the Premier League, Birmingham should still have little difficulty in reaching the quarter finals of the Carling Cup at the expense of Brentford.
Brentford may have already eliminated one Premier League big gun from the Carling Cup when beating Everton on penalties in the third round, but it is hard to see a repeat against Birmingham.
Andy Scott’s team have only managed four goals on their travels in their six League One away games, while many Premier League teams have struggled to land a victory at St Andrews in the past year.
Brentford are 9/1 to beat Birmingham in what is only the second time in their history that they have participated in the fourth round of the Carling Cup.
Birmingham have avoided defeat against lower league opposition in the competition since 2003 and are 1/3 to beat Brentford.
With Alex McLeish expected to name a second string side to rest some of his bigger stars for Birmingham’s next Premier League game against local rivals Aston Villa, there could be some value in picking the first scorer.
Matt Derbyshire is pushing for a start after scoring his only Birmingham goal to date in the Carling Cup win over Rochdale in the second round and is 4/1 to open the scoring.
Meanwhile, Kevin Phillips was an unused substitute for the recent league victory over Blackpool which makes him a leading candidate to feature and he is 7/2 to bag the opener.
Nicky Forster is pushing for a start for Brentford and may be their most likely source of a goal.
He can be backed at 12/1 to score first against Birmingham.
Birmingham did the double over Brentford when they last squared off in League One in 1995. See the full Birmingham vs Brentford match betting odds market.