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West Brom vs Birmingham – McLeish’s unbeaten start on line

| 17.09.2010

West Brom have the capability of upsetting Birmingham’s best start to a season since 2003 when hosting their midlands neighbours in the next round of Premier League fixtures.

Birmingham are unbeaten in their opening four games this season and are making inroads into matching the six matches in which they avoided defeat seven years ago.

However, their away form is not always the best and will allow West Brom to harbour hopes of building on their strong home record, which they will need to maintain if they realistically want to avoid relegation.

The Baggies have won three of their last five home games in the Premier League and are 11/8 to improve this further with a victory over Birmingham in the first meeting between the two in the top flight for five seasons.

Meanwhile, Birmingham have gone seven away games in the Premier League without a victory and have won just one of their last 11 on the road.

They are 11/5 to claim the three points, while the draw which would also extend Birmingham’s unbeaten start is 2/1.

West Brom can call upon the services of influential midfielder Graham Dorrans again after he missed their draw against Tottenham because of a family bereavement.

He is 3/1 to score at any time in the 90 minutes and 9/1 to break the deadlock and score his maiden Premier League goal.

Alex McLeish has the option of choosing recent signing Jean Beausejour in his Birmingham team after he was finally granted a visa, but Alex Hleb is still struggling with a leg injury and is unlikely to make his debut.

Birmingham drew 1-1 on their last trip to the Hawthornes in the Championship. See the whole West Brom vs Birmingham match betting market.



Ed Needham