Championship Relegation Odds halved for Birmingham City

Championship Relegation Odds halved for Birmingham City

Birmingham City relegation odds cut from 20/1 to 10/1

As if there wasn’t already enough drama at St Andrew’s over the past few years, Birmingham City are also having to deal with a points reduction after supposedly breaching the English Football League’s transfer rules.

We reported on this midway through March, covering how Birmingham City relegation odds moved from 33/1 to 12/1 in the space of just five days, but with odds moving up to 20/1 after the bookmakers assessed how likely their chances of falling to League One were after the points reduction kicked into action, their first defeat in the depths of the Championship has had an effect again.

West Bromwich Albion v Birmingham City was a frustrating meeting for Garry Monk’s men

Of all teams you could come up against in the Championship, West Brom are currently one of the most difficult, making it into an unfortunate set of circumstances as Birmingham City had to play The Baggies a matter of days after their EFL points reduction.

Our own preview expected a dominant display from West Brom, even ruling out any chance of Birmingham City scoring at all, but they defied the odds in netting after seven minutes, with The Baggies not responding until the second half, where Dwight Gayle netted two minutes after the break.

Another goal from Birmingham City put them in the lead for a second time, Lukas Jutkiewicz scoring in the fifty-ninth minute, but a questionable penalty scored by Jay Rodriguez and a belting strike from Jake Livermore won the game for West Bromwich Albion.

It was always assumed that Birmingham City would lose to The Baggies, but it came as a far more disappointing result than first predicted after Birmingham City led the game twice, especially after it was down to a decisive penalty, which has been recognised as a dive and a foul from outside the area since the final whistle blew.

Birmingham City manager Garry Monk spoke on his side’s expected resilience over future weeks after a damning 3-2 defeat to The Baggies:

Seven massive Championship fixtures remain for the Blues

The approach from Garry Monk has been composed, even with the immense pressure on his shoulders as his team have moved from being in with a late shout for the play-offs, to potentially find themselves dragged into a late relegation scrap.

Fans of the club would like to believe that things will get better after facing West Brom but that’s far from the truth, with all of Leeds United, Sheffield United and Derby County among the teams they face in three of their next five games.

A positive that can be taken is that they also play Ipswich Town, Rotherham United, Wigan Athletic and Reading – teams that all sit below them in the table – so these will be must-win games which should in theory see them survive the drop.

Ipswich Town are effectively down and out this season and Bolton are likely to join them, so Birmingham City are bound to make use of that, as well as the buffer of Wigan, Millwall, Reading and Rotherham between them and the teams who are almost confirmed in their relegation to League One.

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