A goalfest is not expected as Sunderland travel to St Andrews, but Birmingham will not care if they can secure a vital three points to enhance their chances of avoiding relegation from the Premier League.
Sunderland are currently in terrible form in the Premier League and this is one reason why Birmingham are expected to shade the spoils at Premier League odds of 6/5.
Birmingham are unbeaten in their last six home games against Sunderland and have triumphed on half of these occasions.
Meanwhile, Birmingham have also avoided defeat at home to all of the other clubs in the bottom half of the table this season and Sunderland travel south having taken just one point from their last eight Premier League games.
Sunderland do have the players to undo Birmingham if they put their best foot forward and their squad is too strong not to end their desperate run soon.
It is 12/5 that Sunderland beat Birmingham and much could come down to which team breaks the deadlock as Steve Bruce’s team have not won a single game this season in which they have been behind at some point.
One thing that can virtually be guaranteed at St Andrews is that goals are liable to be at a premium and therefore 4/6 may be worth taking that fewer than 2.5 goals are scored.
Sunderland have failed to trouble the scorers in their last three away games, while Birmingham have managed no more than two goals in their last 54 Premier League outings.
However, the one statistic that may upset this prediction is that St Andrews is not the fortress of old as Birmingham have struggled to shut out the opposition of late.
Birmingham have managed just one clean sheet in their last nine Premier League matches.
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