Birmingham vs West Brom
England – Championship
Date: Friday, 14 September 2018
Kick-Off at 19:45 UK / 20:45 CET
Venue: St. Andrew’s, Birmingham.
The Baggies quickly recovered from a 1-0 loss to Middlesbrough by beating Stoke City 2-1 in the previous round to get their campaign up and running once again before the international break. They climbed up to ninth position in the Championship standings, clearly aiming to make it only a one-year loan in the second division of English football.
Can Darren Moore’s men keep the spell of fine form going and break into the top-six in the league ladder with a three-pointer at St. Andrew’s on Friday evening?
They will clearly come into the tie as favourites given Birmingham’s rather spoor spell of form at the start of the new season.
It will likely be another season of struggles for the Blues who are one of only three teams without a victory after six games of the competition.
They did draw four and lost just two in the process, however, but team’s form was by no means impressive so far in the campaign.
Birmingham vs West Brom: Head-to-head
The two teams will tackle each other for the first time in three years, following their FA Cup clash in January 2015 (won by WBA 1-2).
Their previous league meeting happened back in the 2010/11 campaign when Birmingham City last featured the top flight of the English football.
WBA come into this off the back of three consecutive wins in H2H encounters with the Blues.
Six of last seven H2H outings saw the BTTS option “come in”.
Birmingham vs West Brom: Prediction
Gary Monk has huge issues with his side’s efficiency in the final third at the start of the season.
The Blues did not score a single goal in five of last six games in all competitions and they could struggle to create against a very well organized West Brom side here. The value is nice in backing the visitors to keep things tight at the back at the odds of 2.62.
Obviously WBA have much more options up front in the likes of Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle who have combined the tally of seven goals between them so far in the campaign.
Just to compare, the entire Birmingham team scored four goals in six matches. Knowing the visitors were dominant in latest H2H games with the Blues as well, we have to take the 2.20 odds offered for the away win bet here.
Birmingham vs West Brom: Bet Tips
West Brom to win @ 2.20 (6/5)
West Brom to keep a clean sheet @ 2.60 (8/5).