Garry Monk and his boys know they need to kick their season into life as soon as possible to avoid another relegation dog-fight. The last time Birmingham failed to win any of their first six league matches, they were relegated. Can the Blues stop the rut, or will the Baggies continue their dominant run over their host in tonight’s encounter?

 

STATS PACK

The Baggies come into tonight’s game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Stoke City while Birmingham are still in search of their first league win this season.

Birmingham have lost two and drawn four of their opening six league matches.

The last meeting between these teams was an FA Cup in 2015 and West Brom won 2-1

West Brom have won the last three meetings against Birmingham

Six of the last seven meetings have seen Both Teams Score (BTTS) option play out.

Birmingham have failed to score a goal in five of their last six games in all competitions.

West Brom striking duo Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle have scored more league goals (7) between them than the entire Birmingham team (4).

The last time Birmingham failed to win any of their first six league matches was the 1978-79 season and they were relegated from the top-flight.

West Brom have won five of their last six matches in all competitions.

The last time Dwight Gayle started a game against Birmingham in the league was in December 2016 for Newcastle and he scored a hat-trick and assisted one.

 

HEAD TO HEAD

West Brom have won the last three matches against Birmingham City in all competition.

Birmingham city lost their last home match against West Brom in an FA Cup fourth round 2-1.

 

HOME TEAM NEWS

Gary Monk remains without long-term absentees Kyle Vassell (thigh) and David Davis (ankle).

 

AWAY TEAM NEWS

Oliver Burke is expected to return to the bench for this one. Darren Moore has a fully fit squad to choose from.

 

SUMMARY

Four draws so far mean Birmingham start the weekend outside of the bottom three, but the goals need to start coming soon if they are to have any chance of turning their season around.

West Brom have had a mixed start to the season too but they will fancy their chances at St Andrew’s. The fire power at Darren Moore’s disposal should see them through this game.

 

PREDICTIONS

(1-2; BTTS; over1.5goals)

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