, ‘Another huge blow’ – Birmingham City vs Preston North End prediction: The72

‘Another huge blow’ – Birmingham City vs Preston North End prediction: The72

The72’s writers offer their Birmingham City vs Preston North End prediction ahead of the Championship clash on Monday afternoon.

Birmingham City come into this Easter Monday clash off the back of a huge blow in defeat to QPR. The Blues relinquished a 1-0 lead to lose 2-1, with Jimmy Dunne’s winner coming in the 92nd minute.

It means Gary Rowett and co remain 21st in the Championship table. They’re only out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Preston North End meanwhile cruised to a routine victory against bottom side Rotherham United. The Lilywhites scored all the goals in their 3-0 win in the first half at Deepdale.

Ryan Lowe’s side remain in pursuit of a play-off spot. They’re 8th in the Championship and five points off the top six.

Here, a handful of our writers make their predictions for the game…

James Ray

“That late defeat to QPR will have seriously knocked the stuffing out of Birmingham City. It leaves them left in a precarious position as the games come thick and fast at the business end of the season.

“There’s not much time for them to forget about it and reset either. Rowett will be hopeful of a successful return to St. Andrew’s, but Preston are in decent form and will be confident of another win.

“The visitors have won three on the bounce away from home while the hosts have lost three in a row at St. Andrew’s. That could pave the way for Preston to emerge victorious, dealing another huge blow to the Blues.”

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Jacob Hackett

“Gary Rowett did not get off to the best start in his second spell with Birmingham, and the devastatingly late nature of their defeat is bound to have dealt a massive blow mentally against fellow relegation rivals.

“They face a Preston side who are still fighting for a top six finish, and the Lilywhites will surely bring their A game to St. Andrew’s with what is at stake.

“The Blues are in desperate need of a result having lost their last four, but they will have to improve massively if they are to stop Preston on Monday.

“I can see the away side adding to Birmingham’s misery on this occasion, I’m predicting a narrow win for Lowe’s men.”

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