Our prediction for this Championship match:
There will be fireworks when Birmingham City and WBA face each other at St. Andrew’s Stadium in the Birmingham derby. The Blues head into the season finale with the lack of motivation as they missed out on a place in the playoffs. Birmingham City failed to win the last three league fixtures; therefore, we do not believe that they are capable of matching the Baggies in the local derby. All Teden Mengi, Matija Sarkic, and Troy Deeney are likely to miss the match with injuries.
WBA, on the other hand, aim to keep their playoffs hopes alive. Since the Baggies were showing signs of improvement before the international break, away win should be considered. Adam Reach is pushing for a start after scoring as a substitute in a 2-2 draw with Bristol City, whilst Kean Bryan should miss out with a knee problem.
Highlighted Player (George Friend):
George Friend has played for no less than nine English clubs so far in his career. Friend made his first-team debut for non-League club Exeter City on April 17, 2006 in a goalless draw with Forest Green Rovers and he stayed at St James Park until 2008. After ending his loan spells with Tiverton Town and Team Bath he joined Wolverhampton, but he made no more than seven appearances for the Wolves in the league.
The 188-cm-tall left-back, who is capable of playing as a centre-back as well, played for the likes of Millwall, Southend, Scunthorpe United and Exeter City on loan during his spell with Wolverhampton and at the end of the 2009/2010 season he signed a two-year deal with Doncaster Rovers. Friend made his Doncaster debut on August 7, 2010 in a 2-0 win over Preston and after three years at the club he was sold to Middlesbrough for a fee of £100,000.
The left-footed defender has been playing for Boro ever since and you should know that he made 24 appearances for the club in the 2016/2017 Premier League campaign.
Highlighted Team (West Bromwich):
West Bromwich Albion Football Club (shortly West Brom or WBA) is an English football club which was founded in 1878 by employees of Salter’s Spring Works in West Bromwich (a small city in the region of West Midlands). West Bromwhich Albion hosts it’s home games in the Hawthorns stadium which holds a capacity of 26 500 seats.
West Bromwich Albion is one of the founders of the English Football League and is currently for over 90 seasons active in the highest division. WBA managed to win the FA cup 5 times in their history and the English Premier League once.
The club colors of West Bromwich Albion are blue and white. Known players in the history of West Bromwich are Bobby Robson, Nwankwo Kanu and Cyrille Regis.