The first tip here comes from the Hawthorns, where promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion go head to head with local rivals Birmingham City in a Black Country derby. Valerien Ismael’s side currently sit in second place, whilst Lee Bowyer’s Birmingham are 16th in the league standings.
The Baggies have won two of their last three league fixtures, having narrowly defeated QPR 2-1 and Cardiff City 4-0, with Karlan Grant, Curtis Nelson (own goal), Alex Mowatt and Matt Phillips all getting on the scoresheet at the Cardiff City Stadium. Their last league match did finish in a 1-0 defeat to Stoke City, which was the Baggies first league defeat of the season after 11 matches.
Birmingham haven’t won a game since 10th September which was a 2-0 home victory versus Derby County. Since then, the Blues have suffered some heavy defeats, losing 4-1 and 3-0 to Fulham and Peterborough, before drawing 0-0 against Preston North End, and then losing 2-0 and 3-0 to QPR and Nottingham Forest.
Three of West Brom’s six victories this season have been via the score range of 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 having scored 20 and conceded nine times in 11 matches in the Championship.