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  • Birmingham are about to feature their first friendly in the pre-season on Thursday.

  • Akhmat have had a dismal campaign this summer, losing three of four outings ahead of the Birmingham clash.  

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Akhmat Grozny v Birmingham City Match Preview | Club Friendlies Betting Tips

Kick-off: 12 July 2018 – 17:00 UK time

Venue: Stadion Jenbach, Jenbach

Akhmat Grozny v Birmingham City: Team News

Gym time and trainings without the ball are over for the Blues who are about to hit the court for the first time in the pre-season on Thursday afternoon. The opposition will be a tough one, coming from the top flight of the Russian football, Akhmat Grozny. The venue will be neutral as both outfits are currently located in the Austrian state of Tyrol.

Akhmat finished the previous term of the Russian Premier League in the middle of the standings which is a fair limit for this Grozny side considering the strength of their domestic competitors. They want to go a step further and potentially challenge the positions leading to European competitions next term which is why they decided to hire the new head coach Igor Ledyakhov to guide them towards such achievement.

Birmingham City, on the other side, had another dreadful campaign in the Championship as they finished way off the promotional contest. The Bleus were much closer to the relegation scrap ending the season as the 19th team in the division. Gary Monk is still in charge, but three are no signs of new acquisitions at this point.

Akhmat Grozny v Birmingham City: Head to Head Stats

The two teams did not have the chance to take on each other in the past.

Akhmat Grozny v Birmingham City: Prediction

The Russians should be in a much better competitive form having already played four friendlies this summer. Nonetheless, their results are by no means promising head of the clash with Birmingham City. Akhmat lost three and won one of four matches even though the opposition included the likes of Wacker Innsbruck, Ludogorets, Schwaz (the lone win) and Viktoria Plzen. Ledyakhov was particularly disappointed after a demolishing 4-0 defeat to Czech Plzen six days ago.

It is hard to say much about Birmingham’s current form regarding their poor fitness of their players at the very start of the preparations period. Nevertheless, the value is certainly with the English side given that Akhmat proved out to be quite easy to break down without doing much at the other end of the court in past four friendlies. Birmingham not to lose is paid at 2/5, while you can also back the Blues to win at 5/4.

Akhmat Grozny v Birmingham City: Betting Tips

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