Barnsley v Birmingham City latest odds, news and free bets

Birmingham City have been untouchable at St Andrews this season and the Blues’ 1-0 win over Portsmouth on Tuesday means that Chris Hughton’s side are on the shoulders of second-placed Southampton with 17 games remaining

The Midlands side have played a lot more games than their rivals thanks to a Europa League campaign earlier in the season, although they seem to be bearing no ill-effects and Blackpool’s good form means we could yet see the three relegated teams make an instant return to the top flight.

Birmingham are warm favourites at 11/10 (Paddy Power £50 free bets) to claim victory at Oakwell on Saturday, although we should note that they have won just four of their fourteen games on the road this term, something which means City are not a value bet.

Even so, punters will point to the fact that Brum are unbeaten in their last twelve matches and their last away performance saw Nikola Zigic score four goals as the visitors ran riot at Elland Road.

Can Barnsley do anything to stop the City juggernaut? At odds of 13/5 (bet365 free bets), some people will be backing the Tykes to claim victory and they beat Derby County in their last home match thanks to three first-half goals against the Rams.

Ricardo Vaz Te has left the club for West Ham, although it has been six games since Barnsley failed to score and you would fancy them to get at least a point (5/2 Ladbrokes) from Saturday’s encounter.

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