Birmingham City play host to West Midlands neighbours West Bromwich Albion on Friday night in the Championship. Both sides have seen an upturn in form in the past week, setting the stage for an interesting encounter at St Andrew’s. We’ve picked out the best markets available for this second tier contest.

Birmingham vs West Brom Betting Tips

  • Over 2.5 goals – 6/5
  • Siriki Dembele to score anytime – 10/3

Birmingham have been boosted by the return of winger Siriki Dembele, who scored a brace in Tuesday’s 4-1 victory over Huddersfield Town, but they still have quite a big injury list. Tyler Roberts, George Hall, Alfie Chang, Keshi Anderson and Ethan Laird are all in the treatment room.

West Bromwich Albion are also going to be without some key personnel heading into this one with Adam Reach, Daryl Dike, Josh Maja, Jeremy Sarmiento and Martin Kelly all sidelined.

 Over 2.5 goals @ 6/5

Both sides have seen an upturn in form in the past week. Birmingham ended a run of five games without a win with their sublime 4-1 triumph over the Terriers in the week. West Brom recorded an impressive 4-0 win at Preston North End last weekend, handing the Lilywhites their first defeat of the season. This was then followed up with a 1-0 win over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek.

A derby game doesn’t always live up to the billing, but it feels like there could be a few goals in store for this one, especially after both teams’ performances in front of goal in recent games. At the Hawthorns last season, these two sides played out a 3-2 thriller in which Birmingham emerged victorious. Can we get another exciting 90 minutes on Friday night?

Siriki Dembele to score anytime @ 10/3

Dembele was the star of the show in midweek as the Blues fired four goals past Huddersfield. The winger scored twice in his first start since mid-August and his overall performance was mesmerising and his slick dribbling tormented the Terriers’ defence.

The attacker has now netted three times in the Championship this term and he heads into Friday’s fixture full of confidence, and it is something that the Baggies will need to be wary of. Dembele is one of the most exciting players to watch in the Championship for his ball-carrying abilities, but he is also showing his qualities in front of goal. If he gets an opening against Albion, you’ll be confident that he will find the back of the net.

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