Premier League betting – Everton vs Birmingham
Everton vs Birmingham betting odds, tips & free bets
Everton will go into Wednesday’s clash with Birmingham looking for the 3 points that will take them up to 8th in the league, matching their highest position so far this season. The Carling Cup winners will be looking for 3 points to take them out of the bottom 3 and away from trouble. The two sides haven’t met so far this season but the Blues did win the last match between the two in the FA Cup last season.
Everton recovered from the humiliation at the hands of Reading in the FA Cup last week by earning a good away win at Newcastle. The Toffees came from a goal behind to get the victory despite being without midfielders Tim Cahill and Marouane Fellaini who should also miss out on Wednesday. Everton are starting to build a bit of momentum after a slow start and might still hold hopes of qualifying for European football next season. Louis Saha has been in good form in recent months and the Frenchman is well worth a look at 5.5 with Skybet to open the scoring on the night. Everton have struggled slightly at home this season after winning just 5 of their 13 matches but they are firm favourites and best priced at 1.57 with Betfred to get the result on the night. It is also worth bearing in mind that Merseysiders haven’t lost at home in the league since November.
The Carling Cup winners were brought back down to earth at the weekend when they lost a local derby against West Brom and slipped into the relegation zone. The Blues do have 2 games in hand on some of the teams around them but will need to start turning some of their draws into wins, after drawing 12 of their 27 games, if they are to climb clear of safety this season. Their away form will also have to improve as they have won only 2 games away from St Andrews this season. However keeping it tight at the back has not been a problem for Birmingham and they have conceded the least number of goals in the bottom 8 this season. So despite being underdogs at 7.0 with Paddy Power you get the feeling that if they can find the net on Wednesday, the Blues might have a chance of walking away with something. Obafemi Martins got the winning goal against Arsenal in the cup final and the Striker is looking good at 4.33 to score at any time with Bet365.
Louis Saha first goal scorer – 5.5 Sky bet
Birmingham WIN – 7.0 Paddy Power
Obafemi Martins anytime scorer – 4.33 Bet365
Both teams to score first half – 6.0 Sky bet
By Sam Markham
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