Our prediction for this Championship match:
WBA will be aiming to bounce back from the FA Cup loss to Wolverhampton when they face Birmingham City in the Championship round 30. The Baggies are eager to stay in the playoffs berth and this seems like a good opportunity for the hosts to get back on course. Okay Yokuslu limped off with injury in the FA Cup defeat, with Nathaniel Chalobah likely to replace him in the starting XI.
The Blues, on the other hand, proved their worth in a 2-1 win over Stoke City. Birmingham City, though, have already suffered nine defeats on the road this season and we do not believe that they are capable of spoiling WBA’s party at the Hawthorns. Barring any fresh injury worries, Tony Mowbray is unlikely to make changes to the team that defeated the Potters. Keep in mind, though, that Birmingham emerged triumphant in each of the previous four meetings with WBA.
Highlighted Team (Birmingham City):
Birmingham City are a club located in the city of Birmingham, England. Birmingham City were founded in 1875 as Small Heath Alliance, but the club’s named was changed to Small Heath in 1888. 17 years later they became Birmingham and in 1943 they finally changed their name to Birmingham City.
The Blues welcome their rivals at St. Andrew’s, the stadium that was opened in 1906. Birmingham City compete in the Championship and their fiercest rivals are WBA and Aston Villa. The Blues made it to the FA Cup final twice, but they have yet to win the prestigious trophy. In 1931 they were beaten by their local rivals WBA in the title game (1-2), whilst in 1956 they were outplayed by Manchester City in the title game.
The colour of Birmingham’s home kit is blue with white stripe. Trevor Francis, Gil Merrick, Bob Latchford, Jeff Hall, Alex Govan, Joe Bradford and Christophe Dugarry are notable footballers who played for the St. Andrew’s outfit in the past.