Birmingham City v Wolverhampton Wanderers: Wolves to take points in West Midlands derby

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Steve Cotterill’s Blues battle for Championship survival against Nuno Espirito Santo’s table-toppers at St Andrews and our tipster sees an away win

Birmingham City are in desperate need of a result in Monday night’s Championship clash with league leaders Wolverhampton Wanderers after falling into the relegation Bolton Wanderers’ win on Saturday.

The Blues are only in the bottom three by virtue of goal difference, but their mere 10-goal haul this season could prove to be their downfall as no side has a worse attack.

At the other end of the table, Wolves have the best attack in the league by far with 40 goals to their name, and are odds-on favourites at 3/4 (1.75) to move 10 points clear of 3rd place Bristol City and inflict a fourth defeat in six on their neighbours.

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It is worth remembering, though, that Birmingham have taken 88% of their points at home - a higher percentage than any other team in the top four leagues - with all four of their league wins this season coming at St Andrew's; as such, Steve Cotterill's men are 17/4 (5.25) for a fifth home win.

The Blues drew 1-1 at promotion contenders Sheffield United last week and are 11/4 (3.75) to pick up another valuable point, with Jeremie Boga 9/2 (5.5) to bag again anytime after scoring a tremendous goal at Bramall Lane.

For the visitors, who can reopen a four-point lead at the top of the table with three points here, Ivan Cavaleiro has scored in each of his last three games and is 15/8 (2.88) to extend his impressive individual form.

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Wolves look on the cusp of something special and are on course to beat Reading’s 2005/06 record return of 106 points, and having scored nine in their last two, a return of three or more goals against Birmingham at odds of 11/4 (3.75) looks tempting.

In fact, they have won their last five games by a margin of two or more goals while eight of Birmingham’s 11 defeats have come in the same manner, therefore the 2/1 (3.0) on an away win with a -1 handicap could well pay dividends in this West Midlands derby.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Wolves (-1) to win at 2/1 (3.0) for a 1pt stake with bet365 

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