West Bromwich Albion welcome the visitors Birmingham City in the English Championship – Round 39. The match will be held on Friday, March, 29th, at the Hawthorns (West Bromwich).
The hosting West Bromwich will probably keep their playoff spot, as 8 rounds before the end of the campaign, they run 10 points ahead of the seventh-placed Preston North End. The team will probably look to avoid knockouts and will try to manage the 7-point handicap from the 2nd place that provides an automatic promotion to the elite division. The ‘Baggies’ won in 2 last clashes, but if they want to fulfil their goal, they need to build up on their successes.
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The visiting Birmingham City have themselves claimed a playoff place before the last 4 rounds. They, actually, claim it now either, but the chances are mostly theoretical. The team sit 7 points below the 7th Preston – the handicap is manageable, but not for the ‘Blues’. The side conceded in 4 previous matches. Moreover, they failed to score a consolation in all of those. Mind they did not face any leaders, the most solid were the ‘Villains’ who run 6th.
At the beginning of the campaign when Birmingham looked much better, their home clash with Bromwich ended level. Before, the ‘Baggies’ won in 3 successive meetings. Considering the present ‘Blues’’ miserable performance, they will probably win on Friday either. The hosts urgently need points to fight for the 2nd place. They regularly rack up some on their soil – only 4 home matches throughout the season saw them lose. The home team will most likely make use of the opponents’ recession and beat them in the match under analysis.
Prediction for the match: West Bromwich Albion to win home.