Our prediction for this Championship match:
Buoyed by a thrilling 4-3 win over Swansea City, Birmingham City will look to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they take on WBA on Friday evening. The triumph in South Wales gave the Blues a confidence boost, with the team putting an end to their five-game losing run, but they are only seven points clear of the relegation zone. Lukas Jutkiewicz could be recalled to the starting XI after scoring as a substitute at the weekend, while there are no fresh injury worries in the home team.
The Baggies, on the other hand, climbed to the playoffs berth thanks to a hard-fought 1-0 win over Coventry City, and given their attacking potential, we believe that there is a big value in betting on both teams to score. Defender Kean Bryan remains on the sidelines with a long-term injury, but he should be the only absentee in the away team.
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.