Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Birmingham will start as favorites to win the upcoming match against Huddersfield as per the latest predictions.
The upcoming days are going to be full of thrill and excitement for football fans as the English Football League (EFL) has already kickstarted last week. Birmingham is set to host Huddersfield for the next EFL fixture on Friday, 5th August.
The Blues competed quite well in the season opener against Luton Town which turned out to be a goalless draw. It will be interesting to see the team’s approach in the new season under the new coach, John Eustace. Birmingham got just 1 win in the Club Friendlies. They lost 1 game and 3 matches ended in a draw. They will look to grab 3 points on Friday against Huddersfield in front of the home fans.
Huddersfield has a mighty challenge to bounce back after a disappointing home loss in the first game of the season against Burnley. Danny Schofield needs to work on several areas to strengthen his squad ahead of the next fixture.
The Terriers won 2 games in the Club Friendlies, including a thumping 4-1 win against Tranmere. They lost also 2 and 1 match ended in a draw. A win against Birmingham at St. Andrew’s Stadium can give the side a major boost ahead of the upcoming fixtures.
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Odds
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Recent Form
It’s too early to analyze the form of any team as the tournament has just started. Birmingham played a 0-0 draw with Luton Town in the first game of their campaign. In the last season of the EFL, Birmingham looked in struggling form throughout the competition. They finished in the 20th position on the points table with 47 points from 46 games.
Huddersfield started their campaign on a disappointing note with a 0-1 defeat to Burnley. They failed to get an equalizer after conceding in the 18th minute. The Terriers had a fantastic last season of the EFL as they finished at the 3rd spot on the points table with 82 points from 46 matches.
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Team Stats from EFL 2021-22
|Goals per game||1.09||1.35|
|Goals conceded per game||1.63||1.00|
|Clean Sheets %||30%||41%|
|Shots Conversion Rate||9%||11%|
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Position in Last 5 EFL Seasons
|Huddersfield||3||20||18||Second Round||Third Round|
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Form Guide
Birmingham: D D L W L D
Huddersfield: L D W L L W
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Last Match Analysis
Birmingham: The goalless draw was indeed a positive start to the new season for Birmingham under the new head coach, John Eustace as it came against the last season’s play-off semi-finalists, Luton Town. It was a mammoth task for the Blues to put pressure on the Luton Town defenders. They managed to put just one shot on target. However, consistent performance from the defenders helped the team avoid a defeat. Luton got a bright chance to score a goal by virtue of James Bree’s free kick. But Ruddy’s brilliant effort saved Birmingham from conceding.
Reaction from John Eustace: “I was very proud of the defensive display from the boys. Collectively they were in the right areas. They defended the box for their lives. The last three weeks have been tough for the boys, but it’s all been structured in how we want to defend – and we’re pleased with the performance.”
Huddersfield: Huddersfield has also started their season under a new boss, Danny Schofield. It was a tough day for the Terriers in the season opener against Burnley as they failed to get a single shot on target. This was their worst attacking performance in the entire month of July. The absence of some of the key players like Lewis O’Brien, Harry Toffolo, and Matty Pearson seemed to hurt Huddersfield. Despite a loss, it was a good performance from the goalkeeper, Lee Nicholls.
Reaction from Danny Schofield: “There were some loose passes, there were some first and second balls, the fundamental things which I’d like to see be a little bit better, but it’s the first game of the season, it was a tough test against Burnley, so we’ll learn from this, we’ll improve and we’ll be ready for Birmingham.”
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: H2H
Matches: 117 | Birmingham: 39 | Draw: 35 | Huddersfield: 43
Recent 5 Meetings: Birmingham: 1 | Draw: 2 | Huddersfield: 2
Last Meeting: Huddersfield defeated Birmingham with a score of 2-0 in the League Championship on 26 February 2022.
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Previous Meeting Highlights
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Possible Lineup
Birmingham (3-4-1-2): Ruddy; Trusty, Roberts, Sanderson; Placheta, James, Woods, Colin; Bacuna; Deeney, Hogan
Huddersfield (4-1-4-1): Nicholls; Turton, Edmonds-Green, Lees, Ruffels; Hogg; Thomas, Russell, Holmes, Koroma; Ward
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Defensive and Offensive Stats
Birmingham relies on 35-year-old goalkeeper John Ruddy. Ruddy made 4 saves in the first game with a 100% success rate in aerial duels.
29-year-old goalkeeper Lee Nicholls does the goalkeeping job for Huddersfield. Nicholls saved 6 goals in the season opener with 71% passing accuracy in the team’s own half.
Auston Trusty and Marc Roberts are the key defenders for the Blues. Trusty made 6 clearances in the season opener along with 63% success in aerial duels. Roberts also played well with 7 clearances and 3 tackles.
The leading defenders for the Terriers include Rarmani Edmonds-Green and Josh Ruffels. Edmonds-Green added 4 clearances to his name with 75% success in total duels. Ruffles had 7 clearances and 5 tackles against Burnley.
Przemyslaw Placheta is one of the important midfielders for Birmingham. Placheta played with a passing accuracy of 72% in the first game along with 75% success in ground duels. Juninho Bacuna is another consistent midfielder who made 2 key passes and played with a passing accuracy of 66%.
The key members of Huddersfield’s defense panel are Jon Russell and Jonathan Hogg. Russell maintained his passing accuracy at 76% in the season opener with 100% dribbling success. Hogg added 2 tackles and 3 clearances to his name with 100% success in aerial duels.
The forward attack of Birmingham is led by strikers, Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan. Deeney made 1 key pass in the last game. He also got a 75% success in ground duels. Hogan maintained a good passing accuracy of 88%.
The experienced footballer Daniel Ward spearheads the attack for Huddersfield. Ward got 100% dribbling success in the first match. He also added 4 clearances to his name.
Birmingham vs Huddersfield Prediction: Winner
Both teams have played just 1 match in the competition so far. It is therefore quite tough to predict the winner as most of the teams are yet to figure out the strengths, weaknesses, and the right team combination. On paper, both sides are looking strong. However, Birmingham was unbeaten in the first match and they will be having the home advantage on Friday.
A draw against Luton Town should have given them a lot of confidence. On the other hand, Huddersfield is coming off a loss. They need to back themselves to dominate the hosts and register their first win. The attackers need an improved performance to trouble the Blues in the upcoming matchup. All the predictions and betting platforms are suggesting a win for Birmingham in this fixture.