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The Championship tie at The Hawthorns on Friday will see home side West Bromwich Albion take to the field against Birmingham City.
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West Bromwich Albion
West Bromwich Albion will be hoping to bounce back here after a 1-0 Championship losing effort in their last game against Stoke City.
In that game, West Bromwich Albion managed 44% possession and 11 attempts on goal with 2 on target. On the other side, Stoke City had 11 shots at goal with 6 of them on target. Nick Powell (79') was the scorer for Stoke City.
Their more recent scorelines highlight the fact that much solidity has been shown by the West Bromwich Albion rearguard. West Bromwich Albion have been mean at the back, resulting in the total number of goals that have flown into the back of their net during their past 6 outings standing at 4. Regardless, we’ll just have to find out whether that pattern will continue on in this next game or not.
Analysis of their past results shows that West Bromwich Albion:
- have not lost a league tie with Birmingham City in their previous 7 matches.
- haven't been defeated in their previous 5 home league matches.
After a loss in their previous game against Nottingham Forest in Championship competition, Birmingham City and their fans will hope to get a better result this time.
In that match, Birmingham City managed 53% possession and 18 attempts on goal with 9 on target. For their opponents, Nottingham Forest got 12 attempts on goal with 7 on target. Lewis Grabban (11'), Ryan Yates (29') and Djed Spence (53') scored for Nottingham Forest.
The attacking players from Birmingham City have failed to get amongst the goals in their past six clashes, contributing the unsatisfactory return of only 3. In those fixtures, The Blues have also seen the overall goal aggregate of opposing teams equal 12.
Looking at their past form shows that Birmingham City:
- have not won against West Bromwich Albion when they've played them away from home in the last 4 league matches. They really have not been travelling well at all.
- are without a win away from home in their last 3 league games.
Head to head
A quick look at their past head to head results stretching back to 05/03/2011 tells us that these fixtures have not been good ones for Birmingham City. They have not been able to register any victories at all while West Bromwich Albion have just been too good for them, running out winners in 67% of those ties.
A total of 19 goals were scored between them in this period, with 12 of them from The Baggies and 7 being from The Blues. That’s an average goals per game of 3.17.
The last league match featuring these sides was Championship match day 38 on 20/06/2020 when the final score was West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Birmingham City.
On that day, West Bromwich Albion managed 67% possession and 21 shots at goal with 2 on target.
At the other end, Birmingham City had 7 attempts on goal with 2 of them on target.
The match was refereed by Darren Bond.
Team News: West Bromwich Albion
Rico Richards (Medial Collateral Ligament Tear) and Dara O'Shea (Ankle Fracture) aren’t available for West Bromwich Albion manager Valérien Ismaël.
Team News: Birmingham City
With a fully injury-free squad to pick from, the Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has zero fitness worries whatsoever ahead of this game.
We feel that in this game, West Bromwich Albion can get a couple of goals in this one when they line up against Birmingham City, who could well find it tough getting on the scoresheet.
We’re therefore expecting to see a pretty comfortable 2-0 victory for West Bromwich Albion when the full-time whistle blows.
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🏟️ Team Focus:
West Bromwich Albion
Stadium: The Hawthorns (26,688)
Captain: Jake Livermore
Chairman: Li Piyue
Manager: Valérien Ismaël
Competitions: Championship position 2
⭐ Key Player: Matt Phillips
Usually taking to the field in the Right Attacking Midfielder position, Matt Phillips was born in Aylesbury, England. Having made a first senior appearance for Wycombe Wanderers in the 2007 - 2008 season, the accomplished Midfielder has contributed 3 league goals in this Championship 2021 - 2022 campaign so far in 11 appearances.