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These two teams are at opposite ends of the Championship table but neither side are enjoying good form at present. Adam Bate expects goals when they meet on Friday evening

Birmingham’s season is threatening to disappoint after a run of just one win from seven games. Chris Hughton’s men will not get many better opportunities to rectify that than their trip to bottom-club Doncaster on Friday evening though. The Blues are 10/11 (1.91) with Bet365 to get the win that will lift them back up to fourth.

Doncaster’s run of form is even more dismal with just one win in their last 14. Willie McKay’s vision of bringing in former Premier League players appears to be falling flat and it’s tempting to think Rovers would be faring better if they had ignored the agent’s promises and stuck by previous manager Sean O’Driscoll. 

Even so, Doncaster do have quality in their ranks and a televised game might bring the best out of their mercurial performers.

Doncaster are a 3/1 (4.0) shot with Bet365 to cause an upset here and the draw is available at 12/5 (3.4).

In the goalscorers market, Marlon King is the favourite to open the scoring. He can be backed at 5/1 (6.0) to net the opener for Birmingham.

The home side’s most likely goal-getter is El Hadji Diouf. The Senegal frontman has bagged the last goal of the game in three of his 20 league appearances for Doncaster and is a 7/1 (8.0) bet to end the scoring in this one.

In terms of the other markets, it makes sense to expect goals here. Doncaster have conceded in their last 11 matches – scoring in nine of them too.

Meanwhile, Birmingham have scored in their last eight and conceded in all but one of them.

As a result, the bet of the day is to back both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365. For the value bet, consider backing Doncaster to put a dent in Birmingham’s promotion hopes and haul themselves off the bottom of the Championship with a win.

Both teams to score at 5/6 (1.83) with Bet365
Doncaster to win at 3/1 (4.0) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter