In the Championship, Birmingham City will play West Bromwich Albion at St. Andrews on Friday, February 10. In the second half of the season, the hosts have largely failed, placing them in the bottom half of the standings.
However, Birmingham bounced back last weekend with a hard-fought 4-3 victory over Swansea City. Auston Trusty and Lukas Jutkiewicz scored in overtime to give the Blues all three points. With 35 points from 29 games, Birmingham is 18th in the league.
After a disastrous start to the season, West Brom, meanwhile, has been given a new lease on life under manager Carlos Corberan as they aim for the playoffs. The Baggies made up for their loss to Bristol City in the FA Cup last month by defeating Coventry City 1-0, a narrow but well-earned victory.
In the league, Birmingham’s most recent victory ended a five-game losing streak. However, they have only won one of their last eight games at home and may struggle here. In contrast, West Brom has kept four clean sheets and won five of their last six Championship games.
They should win because they are in much better shape than their opponents this weekend.
Prediction: Birmingham City 1-2 West Brom
Birmingham and West Brom have met 136 times, with Birmingham leading 61-37. After losing their previous ten games, the hosts have won their last two in this matchup. The Blues have won only four of their nine league games this season at home.
West Brom has won only five of its 12 league games this season. In their last six games against the opponent at home, Birmingham has only managed to keep one clean sheet. The Championship’s joint-third-highest total of 11 clean sheets this season belongs to the Baggies.
This week, Birmingham welcomed three first-team players back to full training. Harlee Dean, Troy Deeney, and George Hall are all hopeful to participate in Friday’s derby match after missing time with injuries. The absence of Dean, 31, has been evident in the Blues’ defensive performances over the past month.
As a result, the former Brentford player may be rushed back into the team to join Trusty and Dion Sanderson in a central defensive trio. Marc Roberts, 32, has been out of action since the beginning of January after pulling his hamstring during the home loss to Middlesbrough. As a result, Eustace has not had another option at the center back.
Reda Khadra is a doubt for Friday night after suffering a minor hamstring injury during the Blues’ win over Swansea last weekend, despite the team’s general trend of players returning from injuries. Eustace still has a lot of options in the central-midfield area thanks to the returns of the aforementioned Hall and Gary Gardner over the past two weeks, but Jobe Bellingham is still out with a muscle injury.
After the 26-year-old goalkeeper suffered a knee injury in training ahead of his team’s match against Coventry, West Brom will be without their first-choice goalkeeper Alex Palmer until the middle of March. David Button is expected to start for Corberan’s team for a while.
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