League: ENGLAND: Championship – Round 7
Match: 19:45 Birmingham – West Brom
Prediction: Over 1.5 Goals
Average odds: 1.40
Bookmaker: Bwin
Result: 1:1 WIN!!!


Birmingham’s opening run of six league games without a win is the club’s worst yet as a second-tier side in the Championship era (2004-present). The Blues’ shortening relegation odds are justified, as the class of 2018 has already equalled the tally ‘achieved’ by the relegated second-tier side of 1988/89 after six games.
A win here would represent West Brom’s first completed run of three in a row at St Andrews since March 1988 (across all competitions). Though West Brom are mid-table, backing them for promotion would not necessarily be a bad move at present, as the Baggies have gone up with the same tally of ten points from six matches before now (in 2001/02).
If only results from the last ten league matches – at any venue – are counted, the overall record in favour of West Brom reads: W2, D2, L6. This fixture has never wanted for goals, with both teams scoring in each of the last five H2H meetings.
A goal for Birmingham would see them score for an eighth consecutive H2H match against West Brom – a new all-time record! Additionally, West Brom have failed to keep a clean sheet against any opponent in their last four competitive away games.
Players to watch: Hoping for a return after seeing red at Middlesbrough on August 11, Craig Gardner (BIR) will be hoping to get one over his old club!
Chris Brunt (WBA) is one of just three survivors from the last West Brom squad to visit St Andrews (Jan ’15). His tally of two yellow cards in six games so far is an interesting stat, given that local pride is at stake here!
Stat attack: West Brom have scored first in four of their last five matches.
Five out of Birmingham’s last six games have seen under 2.5 goals.
West Brom have won 58 of the 129 H2H encounters to date.

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