BIRMINGHAM. Preston North End topped 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 with a goal. Eventually, Lukas Jutkiewicz reduced the distance for Birmingham City with a goal. However, that was it, and the result remained 2-1. Birmingham City was vastly 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 around 8.6 degrees Celsius or 47.43 Fahrenheit. Humidity was up to 55%.
Birmingham City was in firm control of the ball 66% while Preston North End was struggling with a 34% ball possession.
Birmingham City was more aggressive with 65 dangerous attacks and 10 shots of which 4 were on target. Still, Preston North End was able 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). On the other side, Preston North End received 1 yellow card (Robbie Brady).
After this encounter, Birmingham City will stay with 32 points like Bristol City to stay in the 18th place. Regarding the opposition, Preston North End will have 37 points like Queens Park Rangers and Reading to stay in the 13th place.
Preston North End will host Coventry City on the 28th of January with a 12-1 head to head stats in favor of Preston North End (4 draws).
Birmingham City: Formation and Lineups
Birmingham City started with a conservative line-up (4-4-2).
The manager John Eustace chose 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 .
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′).
Top player: Lukas Jutkiewicz
The player who no doubt impressed Birmingham City the most 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 notable also because he began the game from the bench before entering the field in the 63′.
Preston North End: Formation and Lineups
Preston North End started with a 3-5-2 line-up (3-5-2).
On the other side, 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 .
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′).
Top player: Liam Lindsay
Probably the most impressive player in 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
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