The Midlands derby between these two sides is always intensive and a big atmosphere will be on show under the lights on Friday evening. Both Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion come into this game with a little bit of good form.
Birmingham won 4-1 on Tuesday night over Huddersfield and ended a run of 6 games without a win. This was a much needed victory ahead of the visit of West Brom and also to score 4 goals is huge, given the fact they had had 3 out of their 4 last 4 goals without scoring a goal at all.
Goals from Dembele (twice), Miyoshi and James gave Birmingham City all three points against Hudderfield and pushed them up to 15 points, which is only 1 point behind their midlands rivals who they welcome on Friday night.
With a tightly bunched Championship table outside of the top three, this is a massive chance for Birmingham to secure back to back home wins and a big win over their rivals.
Dembele will come into this with massive confidence after his brace on Tuesday night and if he can get his scoring boots on against West Brom, the home side could be on their way to victory.
However, West Brom’s defence is playing really well with 4 out of their last 5 games seeing them not concede a goal. West Brom are unbeaten in 5 games with back to back wins over Sheffield Wednesday and Preston, then 3 draws before that.
John Swift scored the only goal in a 1-0 home win over bottom of the table Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night, then the performance of the season so far saw them win 4-0 at high flying Presto with goals from Furlong, Mowatt, Phillips and Bartley.
This West Brom side is hugely one of a team which plays on momentum and this is what they have right now, so a derby day trip to nearest rivals Birmingham will hold no fear for them.
The stats suggest that this will be a tight game as neither side will want to lose and also knowing that a win will take West Brom firmly into a play-off spot, whereas for Birmingham City, they can overtake their rivals.
West Brom are unbeaten away from home outside of their opening day defeat so will come into this in big expectations they can avoid defeat and with some clinical finishing, they could be able to grab all 3 points and take their away fans home very happy.
|Birmingham to win||13/8 Coral|
|West Brom to win||17/10 Bet365|
This promises to be a close encounter between side teams who are only separated by 1 point in the EFL Championship table. Adding to the fact that this is derby game will add spice to it.
Birmingham City and West Brom both come into this on the back of midweek wins and with each side looking to put one over their nearest rivals, it may be tough to find a winner.
Our punters.pub bet of the day is 9/4 with Bet365 that Birmingham v West Brom ends in a score draw as there is little to separate them.