West Brom vs Birmingham: Rejuvenated Baggies to add to Blues' misery

West Brom vs Birmingham: Rejuvenated Baggies to add to Blues’ misery

Kick-off: 2000, 29/03/2019

Stadium: The Hawthorns

TV: Sky Sports Football/Sky Sports Main Event

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Birmingham are on a four-game losing streak and their woes deepened having gone from play-off contenders to relegation candidates during the international break after being docked nine points for breaching financial rules.

West Brom have won both games without conceding under caretaker boss Jimmy Shan which has helped consolidate fourth place in the Championship.

The momentum is with the Baggies and 4/5 they register a third straight win is our opening West Brom vs Birmingham prediction. 

A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds

The Baggies strengthened their grip on a Championship play-off place with a 1-0 win at Brentford courtesy of a fine goal from Kyle Edwards.

In only his third start for Albion, the 21-year-old netted his second goal – and first in the Championship – to give Shan back-to-back wins since replacing the sacked Darren Moore.

Shan was delighted to see Edwards, one of his rising stars in the youth set-up, strike the winner and said: “I have a lot of faith and trust in Kyle and have watched performances like that at every age group.

“He’s a talented boy – his goal was a special moment for him and it was a special, special goal.

“You always think they have the potential to do that but until they set foot on the pitch at this level you don’t know.”

There is renewed confidence around The Hawthorns at the moment in contrast to that of their rivals so looking at the West Brom vs Birmingham odds, 19/10 for a home win and over 2.5 goals in the game is a solid addition.

A Look At Birmingham City’s Betting Odds

Birmingham went into the international break on the back of four losses in a row – all without scoring – which put a dent into their play-off ambitions.

But a points deduction for breaching the league’s profitability and sustainability regulations means the Blues have dropped from 13th in the Championship, seven points adrift of the top six, to 18th and just five points above the drop zone.

After a 1-0 loss at Preston last week, manager Garry Monk remained upbeat but now has to lift his players for the run-in with home games against promotion-chasing Leeds and Sheffield United to come early next month.

Monk said: “It was a strong performance and we cannot believe we have lost. We were the best team on the pitch of the two teams. They didn’t have anything meaningful against us. We controlled the whole game right to the end.

“It is hard to take still but you can live with the performance when the dust settles. It is just certain things that went against us and us not being clinical enough. The defeats always hurt but you can handle them better when it is like that.”

The last five meetings between the sides have seen both teams score and despite going nearly four and a half games without finding the net, we are backing the Blues to score.

We complete our West Brom vs Birmingham betting tips by backing a home win and both teams to score at 29/10.

Additional stats

Last result:

Brentford 0-1 WEST BROM – Kyle Edwards

Preston 1-0 BIRMINGHAM

Head-to-head: Birmingham 1-1 West Brom, Birmingham 1-2 West Brom, Birmingham 1-3 West Brom, West Brom 3-1 Birmingham, West Brom 1-1 Birmingham, Birmingham 2-0 West Brom

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