West Brom and Birmingham City will meet on Friday night in the EFL Championship in a Midlands Derby. The Baggies are second in the Championship table going into matchday 12 and will go into first place ahead of Bournemouth with a victory. Birmingham City started the season in good form but have been on a downward spiral over the course of their last five games. The Blues are winless in five straight games.

West Brom vs Birmingham City Match Preview

A win for Birmingham City away at the Hawthorns would send Lee Bowyer’s team into midtable. Going into matchday 12, Birmingham City are just three points above the relegation zone. Five straight matches have ended without a win for Boywer’s team. Four of those five games finished in losses.

Valerien Ismael’s team have won just two games in their last six. While West Brom have looked good when winning football matches, the team has been criticised for a some poor, uninspiring displays. West Brom are coming off of a 1-0 away loss to Stoke City on matchday 11. Ismael is aiming for a rebound and West Brom moving back to the top of the table for at least 24 hours.

West Brom vs Birmingham City Betting Odds

 

 

West Brom are on a nine-match unbeaten streak against Birmingham City in all competitions dating back to 2006-07. These teams have not spent a lot of time in the same division over the last 10 years. The Blues’ last win versus West Brom was during the 2006-07 Championship campaign. West Brom and Birmingham City played in a preseason friendly in 2021 with the Baggies winning 4-0 at St. Andrew’s Stadium. All four goals came in the second half of the fixture.

 

West Brom have been in hot and cold form. Over the course of team’s last six games, West Brom took nine points from 18 on offer. Just two of the Baggies’ last two matches finished in wins. Their last game in the Championship finished as a 1-0 loss to Stoke City.

Birmingham City are in a abysmal form. They took a mere four points from the last 18 on offer in the league. Boywer’s team scored a mere three goals while 12 were conceded to opponents. Bookies’ best betting odds on a Birmingham City win away from home are at 19/4.

West Brom’s best betting odds going into matchday 12 at home versus Birmingham City are at 8/13. West Brom have drawn four times in 11 games this season and go into Friday night’s derby at the best betting odds of 16/5 to draw at full-time with the Blues.

West Brom vs Birmingham City Team News

Ismael has two players on the injury list going into the game on Friday night at the Hawthorns. Forward Rayhaan Tulloch is a doubt due to a groin injury. Defender Dara O’Shea has a broken ankle which will keep him out of action until January. Forward Karlan Grant leads West Brom in goals with four in 11 matches this season. Fellow forward Callum Robinson has three assists to lead the team.

West Brom are third in the Championship with 20 goals in 11 matches. The Baggies have conceded the second-fewest goals in the league with just nine allowed. West Brom average the league’s second-most shots per game with 15.9.

Birmingham City forward Adan George is ruled out of action until May with an ACL injury. Forward Ivan Sanchez is a doubt for the game due to a groin strain. Goalie Neil Etheridge is a doubt due to testing positive COVID-19 test.

Scott Hogan leads Birmingham City in goals with three in 10 appearances in the Championship. No other Birmingham City player has more than one goal for the team. The Blues have scored the fourth-fewest goals in the Championship this season with a mere 10 goals.

West Brom vs Birmingham City H2H

West Brom are unbeaten in their last nine games in all competitions. Birmingham City’s last win against West Brom came during the 2006-07 Championship season. West Brom took four points from six during the 2019-20 Championship season versus Birmingham City.

West Brom are unbeaten at home this season. They have taken 11 points from 15 possible this term. Birmingham City are on a three match winless streak on the road. They have lost back-to-back games away from St. Andrew’s Stadium.

West Brom vs Birmingham City Prediction

First team to score: West Brom @ 1/2 - BET NOW

 

 

West Brom are in far better form going into matchday 12 than Birmingham City are. Birmingham City are winless in five straight games. Although West Brom lost their most recent match on matchday 11, the Baggies should get back to winning ways against Birmingham City. Our betting tips prediction is for West Brom to score first .

 

Under 2.5 goals @ 10/11 - BET NOW

 

 

Four of West Brom’s last six games finished with under 2.5 goals scored. The Baggies’ games have not been too exciting and Ismael’s tactics have been criticised by some as bland. Two of Birimingham City’s last six games endd with under 2.5 goals scored. They do not score a lot of goals and our betting tips prediction is for Friday’s game to see a low total of goals between West Brom and Birmingham City.

 

Halftime result: DRAW @ 13/10 - BET NOW

 

 

Ten of the last 16 games between these teams had a halftime result of a draw. That includes the teams’ last three matches. Our betting tips prediction is for the game to have a halftime result of a draw. Six of West Brom’s 12 games in all competitions this season had halftime results of draws. Five of Birmingham City’s 13 matches in all competitions had a halftime result of a draw.

 

West Brom are getting results. Although they are not the most exciting team to watch under Ismael, West Brom are difficult to defeat. The Baggies should win against Birmingham City and push their unbeaten record to 10 games versus the Blues.