Wolverhampton Wanderers

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Molineux

15/04/2018 | 12:00 pm

Birmingham City

V

Molineux

15/04/2018 | 12:00 pm

In a sentence: This could be the match where Wolverhampton Wanderers’ return to the Premier League is confirmed.

Last time: Birmingham City won 2-1 despite having a man sent off, with Paul Robinson the man who saw red. Football predictions are rarely easy, but it’s very hard to see a repeat result occurring on Sunday.

This time: Wolves are 2/5 to win, with Birmingham at 19/2 and the draw 17/4.

You might remember: A 3-2 win for the Blues in April 2007. Both sides lead, before Cameron Jerome got the winner in the 88th minute. Let’s hope for the same level of excitement here.

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Betting Tips and Predictions

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This is a Championship preview where the result appears easy to call, as these teams are at opposite ends of the table. Football prediction can also be aided by looking at the form guide, and it’s worth noting that Birmingham City recently won three matches in a row for the first time in 2017/18. It’s still very difficult to look past a home win though. Here are some football betting tips for the weekend, which might help you decide where to place your money.

Wolverhampton Wanderers are 2/5 to win, and depending on how Cardiff City get on at Norwich City on Saturday, three points could seal promotion. The Championship leaders have only lost twice at Molineux this season, and have won five of their seven matches since their last defeat there.

Birmingham are available at 19/2. They are unbeaten in their last three visits to Wolves and are in as good form as they have been all season. However, with just three away wins in 2017/18, it’s almost impossible to see them making it four here.

The draw is available at 17/4. Birmingham have drawn the joint-fewest matches in the division this season, whereas Wolves have only drawn one more. There are rarely many goals when these sides clash at Molineux – just six in the last six meetings – but a stalemate looks unlikely this time.

Diogo Jota is 7/2 to break the deadlock, and with six opening goals this season, only four players in the Championship have scored first more times. The Portuguese forward also has three goals in his last five appearances, so is in decent form. Jota can be backed at 6/5 to score at any time.

As for the Blues, Lukas Jutkiewicz has scored in each of his last three matches and is 9/2 to make it four in a row. He has scored two openers in the league this season and is available at 12/1 to bag the first goal here.

Championship predictions are rarely straightforward, but this match carries all the hallmarks of a routine home win.

Match Summary

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Look out for:

Birmingham to draw a blank. City have only featured in 15 matches this season where both teams found the net, which is the fewest in the division, and they have failed to score in 19 of their 42 games too. A ‘no’ bet is priced at 4/6 and should be part of your both teams to score predictions.

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We fancy:

Wolves to win 2-0 at 23/20. Football predictions are aided by a little research, and the stats show Nuno’s side have kept 21 clean sheets in 2017/18, which is the most in the Championship. The away side have failed to score in eight of Wolves’ home wins this season too.

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It's a long shot, but...

Birmingham to win 1-0, at 20/1. Football score predictions are always tricky, but City desperately need the points and have kept a clean sheet in two of their three away wins this season.

Written by Andrew Beasley

Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.