Market: Over 1.5 goals
Odds: 4/11 @ 888sport
Opening up this weekend’s championships fixtures after returning from the international break, West Brom will welcome Birmingham to the Hawthorns on Friday night.
Starting with the hosts, after entering October’s international break earlier in the month with a sluggish 1-0 defeat away at Stoke, there is no doubt that West Brom are seeking an immediate return to winning ways here. Still battling it out at the top of the table and with many tipping them as a leading pick to clinch a Premier League return at the first attempt, new boss Valérien Ismaël is calling on his side to find some stability. Despite ending September with back-to-back 2-1 and 4-0 victories against QPR and Cardiff, the Baggies have won just a pair of their previous six Championship contests. Likewise, along with crashing out of the EFL Cup thanks to a 6-0 drumming against Premier League outfit Arsenal back on August 25th, it should also be noted that West Brom have won just one of their last four home fixtures across all formats.
As for the visitors, while Birmingham might have found an immediate boost when they brought in Lee Bowyer earlier in the year, the Blues find themselves in the midst of what is becoming a real crisis. Freefalling their way down the Championship table, the former Charlton boss saw his side head into the international break with another woeful display. Blown away thanks to a shock 3-0 drumming against Nottingham Forest on home soil, the Midlands outfit have now managed to pick up just a single point from their last five second-tier contests. With their recent issues highlighted by another 3-0 drumming against Peterborough last month, Bowyer’s side could face a stern test on Friday night. Hit for four the last time they faced off against the Baggies, we’re backing another lively affair here.
Bet: Over 1.5 goals at West Brom vs Birmingham 4/11 for Friday’s Championship showdown @ 888sport
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