This is one of the games everyone will be keeping an eye on this Sunday in the Championship. Fulham are still fighting for automatic promotion while Birmingham are hoping to yet again seal their safety on what could turn into a very nervy final day for both sets of fans.

The visitors have had a sensational 2018 where they’ve done everything but overhaul Cardiff in the race for 2nd place. The Bluebirds are very much in pole position heading into the 46th and final match-day of this Championship season. They will be up if they beat a poor Reading side at home but Fulham would pip them to the post if they can better Cardiff’s result.

Birmingham meanwhile, to all intents and purposes, would be safe with a point here. They are specialists in the art of a last day escape act with victory at Bristol City on the final day last term keeping them up. However they couldn’t ask for a much tougher final game and if they find themselves losing, attention will very much turn to the matches involving Barnsley, Burton and Bolton. Were two of those sides to win, suddenly the team from the Second City would be in danger of dropping down into League One.

Overall, it’s hard to look past the visitors here though. Birmingham would have been hoping and praying that the automatic promotion race had resolved itself by now. That’s not the case though and they will be up against a hugely motivated Fulham side that has been the best team in this league for several months now.

In truth, they are a better all-round team than Cardiff and they’d be jostling with Wolves around the 100-point mark were it not for a poor start to the campaign. The West Londoners have gone 23 Championship matches without defeat heading into this, winning 18 of those games and amassing a ridiculous 59 points over what was essentially half a season.

With 6 wins from the last 7, there has been no sign of them letting up. They’ve won five on the spin away from home too so it’s very difficult to fancy a Birmingham side that have lost 3 of their last 4. They made a bright start under Gary Monk but he is still dealing with a squad that isn’t really his own and has very seldom looked convincing this term. Up against a side of Fulham’s quality, backing an Away Win is surely the right move here.

Backing Fulham & Under 2.5 Goals also looks good. Blues home games average just 1.86 goals per game this term, signalling it has rarely been action-packed at St Andrews. 5 of Fulham’s games have also seen under 2.5 goals scored so we shouldn’t expect a hugely open game here, particularly with the stakes so high.

Backing Aleksandar Mitrovic to score anytime could also be worth a punt. The Serb has been one of the signings of the season and has netted in 5 of his last 6 games for Fulham.

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