Nuno Santo’s Wolves are widely expected to win Sunday’s West Midlands Championship clash with Garry Monk’s Blues at Molineux and our tipster agrees
Champions-elect Wolverhampton Wanderers host relegation-threatened Birmingham City at Molineux on Sunday.
The Old Gold are set to collect title-winning silverware and will be officially promoted if they win or if Fulham fail to beat Brentford on Saturday, but their visitors’ position is more precarious.
Indeed, the Blues sit just one point above the drop zone and are 9/4 (3.25) for Championship relegation with bet365, but will be encouraged by improved performances under Garry Monk.
Nuno Espirito Santo’s men are 3/10 (1.3) to record a 29th league victory of the campaign and equal Newcastle United’s 2016-17 total.
With no new injuries, Wolves could be unchanged from the team that dominated in Wednesday’s 2-0 win over Derby. Wide forward Helder Costa could make his first start in three games.
Carl Jenkinson remains injured for the Blues and Che Adams is still suspended, while fellow forward Sam Gallagher’s fitness will be assessed.
After Wolves went two ahead in midweek through Ruben Neves’ stunning strike, they chose to manage proceedings rather than attack further.
We could see a similar strategy here and given that 69% of Birmingham’s games this season have seen two goals or fewer, the home win with under 2.5 goals looks great value at 15/8 (2.88).
Preview and predictions
Blues have lost 40% of their games without scoring – a higher percentage than any side in the Championship – and this is by far their toughest fixture.
The best bet, therefore, is Wolves win to nil at 20/21 (1.95), a selection which would have paid out in nine of their 21 games at Molineux this term.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.