Goals could be on the cards in Midlands derby
Wolves have failed to keep a clean sheet in any of their last seven visits to St Andrews. If you think they can buck that trend against Birmingham City this season we have priced up Kenny Jackett’s team at 7/4.
Wolves’ draw with the Blues at Molineux at the start of the November was one of the low points of their season and sparked a five-match losing run which saw them drop out of the automatic promotion picture. But it’s been all smiles lately with Monday’s dramatic defeat of Leeds United being their fourth victory on the spin and moving them into the play-off places.
Kenny Jackett says he is relishing the promotion scrap and is asking his players to do the same and make sure they enjoy the final five games of the season.
They’ve got themselves in pole position but there are sure to be further twists and turns before the curtain comes down on the regular season and Wolves need to ensure they concentrate on what they can manage and let other teams worry about their league position.
Next up is Wolves’ final Midlands derby of the campaign before games against promotion rivals Middlesbrough and Ipswich. They finish off against strugglers Millwall and Wigan.
There have been goals aplenty for Wolves lately and they won’t be afraid to throw men forward at Birmingham – Benik Afobe, Nouha Dicko and Bakary Sako couldn’t be in better form. But Gary Rowett’s team have only lost once at home in the league since Boxing Day and gave leaders Bournemouth an almighty fright on Easter Monday when scoring twice early on.
Blues’ fans will be up for this game and their team is under no pressure. The Wolves defence, unusually generous against Leeds, will have to make sure they cut down the supply to the front men from winger David Cotterill, who also has a goal in him.
But Wanderers are showing a lot of quality at present and matching that with endeavour. They haven’t lost to Birmingham in any of their last five meetings but this is a game which promises plenty of goals with both teams to score priced up at 4/5. Over 2.5 in our Totals market is 19/20.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, April 11 at St Andrews.