Championship pace-setters Wolverhampton Wanderers travel to St Andrews to face Birmingham City, in Monday nights Midlands Derby.
Birmingham currently sit in the relegation places in the Championship. They occupy 22nd place, with just 16 points from their 19 games. In contrast, Wolves are flying. They lead the Championship table with 44 points from 19 games and they will be looking to extend their lead at the top to 4 points.
The Blues have won just once in their last 6 league games. Their solitary victory came via a 1-0 win against Nottingham Forest. In that run, Birmingham have scored just twice and will need to improve in front of goal if they have any hope of taking something from the game.
Wolves come into tonight’s match on the back of 5 consecutive victories in the league, all by at least two goals. This run of wins has seen them win their previous 2 away matches by 2 goals to nil, and they were emphatic winners in their 5-1 demolition of Bolton last time out.
Former Wolves midfielder David Davis is available for selection again for Birmingham, after overcoming injury. Jason Lowe (hamstring), Craig Gardner (calf) and Stephen Gleeson (thigh) have all returned to training and are back in contention for the game.
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves is suspended for the derby after picking up a 5th booking in their 5-1 win over Bolton. Alfred N’Diaye is expected to take his place, with no other changes anticipated. (Sky Sports)
HEAD TO HEAD
This will be the sides 140th meeting, after their first all the way back in 1890. Wolves boast the better overall record, winning on 65 occasions in comparison to Birmingham’s 41. It was, however, the Blues who won the previous encounter, winning 2-1 at Molineux. (11v11)
As well all know Derbies are renowned for springing a surprise, but I can’t see one happening tonight. Wolves will prove far too strong for a lowly Birmingham side.
BIRMINGHAM 1-3 WOLVES