BIRMINGHAM. Preston North End beat Birmingham City to win 2-1. It was Preston North End to strike first with a goal of Ryan Ledson at the 10′. Then Alan Browne scored again for Preston North End in the 16′ minute. Eventually, Lukas Jutkiewicz reduced the distance for Birmingham City (83′). Eventually, that was it, and the result remained 2-1. Birmingham City was much superior in terms of ball possession (66%).
The match was played at the St. Andrew’s Stadium stadium in Birmingham on Saturday and it started at 3:00 pm local time. The referee was Rebecca Welch who was helped by Matthew Jones and Akil Howson. The 4th official was Matt Donohue. The weather was cloudy. The temperature was cold at 8.6 degrees Celsius or 47.43 Fahrenheit. The humidity was 55%.
Birmingham City was in firm control of the ball 66% while Preston North End was struggling with a 34% ball possession.
Attitude and shots
Birmingham City was putting more pressure with 65 dangerous attacks and 10 shots of which 4 were on target. Even so, Preston North End managed to find the solution to win this match.
Birmingham City shot 10 times, 4 on target, 6 off target. On the opposite side, Preston North End shot 8 times, 4 on target, 4 off target.
Birmingham City received 4 yellow cards (Hannibal Mejbri, T. Chong, J. Bacuna and Lukas Jutkiewicz). Regarding the opposition, Preston North End received 1 yellow card (Robbie Brady).
After playing this contest, Birmingham City will stay with 32 points to remain in the 19th place. On the opposite side, Preston North End will have 40 points to sit in the 11th place.
In the next match in the Championship, Birmingham City will host Sheffield United on the 6th of May with a 5-2 head to head record in favor of Birmingham City (4 draws).
Preston North End will host Sunderland on the 6th of May with a 4-0 head to head statistic in favor of Preston North End (2 draws).
Birmingham City – Formation
Birmingham City started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).
The manager John Eustace decided to play with the following team: John Ruddy, Maxime Colin , Dion Sanderson , Kevin Long , Auston Trusty , Tahith Chong , Hannibal Mejbri , Krystian Bielik , Reda Khadra , Troy Deeney and Scott Hogan .
The home team had on the bench: George Friend, Alfie Chang, Jordan James, Neil Leonard Dula Etheridge, Jordan Graham, Lukas Jutkiewicz and Juninho Bacuna .
Birmingham City made 4 changes: Hannibal Mejbri for J. Bacuna (62′), Kevin Long for George Friend (62′), T. Chong for Lukas Jutkiewicz (63′) and Maxime Colin for J. Graham (88′).
Best player: Lukas Jutkiewicz
The most impressive player for Birmingham City was Lukas Jutkiewicz.
His rating iswith 1 goal, 6 passes (66% accurate) and 1 key pass. He was won 3 duels out of 5.
His performance was remarkable also because he started the match from the bench before entering the filed in the 63′.
Preston North End – Formation
Preston North End started with a 3-5-2 line-up (3-5-2).
Ryan Lowe played with: Freddie Woodman, Jordan Storey , Liam Lindsay , Andrew Hughes , Alan Browne , Alistair McCann , Ryan Ledson , Ben Woodburn , Robbie Brady , Liam Delap and Thomas Cannon .
They had on the bench: Troy Parrott, Álvaro Fernández, David Cornell, Ched Evans, Greg Cunningham, Daniel Johnson and Bambo Diaby.
Preston North End could not rely on the presence of Ched Evans (injured).
Preston North End made 3 changes: Liam Delap for Ched Evans (69′), Thomas Cannon for Troy Parrott (81′) and Ben Woodburn for Daniel Johnson (88′).
Best player: Liam Lindsay
The player that probably impressed the most for Preston North End was Liam Lindsay even if he didn’t score any goal.
His rating iswith 18 passes (44% accurate) and 0 key passes. He was won 11 duels out of 13. He performed 1 cross.
Results of the day
These are the results of the day in the Championship.