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Wolves vs Birmingham – McLeish still searching for first away win

| 11.12.2010

Sunday’s midlands derby could prove to be crucial in many ways for both teams as they look to escape from a potential relegation fight.

Birmingham have started to regain some form under McLeish but a win for Wolverhampton Wanderers would put them just three points behind Birmingham as the race to avoid relegation hots up.

Match Odds

Birmingham are winless in their last 13 trips in the Premier League, but with three draws from their last four, they look to have turned a corner and McLeish’s side are 2/1 to register their first away win this season.

At 8/13 to be relegated, Wolves are set for a battle at the bottom of the league this season and a win against local rivals would be a huge morale boost for the club.

While Wolves are yet to keep a clean sheet this season, only Arsenal have managed to stop them from scoring and Mick McCarthy’s side are 11/8 to win.

Red Cards

Martin Atkinson has been put in charge for this midlands derby and it may prove to be a controversial choice considering he’s awarded the most penalties and red cards in the Premier League this season.

A penalty to be awarded and scored is priced at 2/1 while a penalty miss is priced at 9/1, but the value is in backing the penalty takers, Sebastian Larsson for Birmingham and Kevin Doyle for Wolves, who are both 9/2 and 7/4 to score any time.

Total Goals

With Wolves’ poor defensive record means goals can be expected in this game and over 2.5 goals is priced at 6/5.

A 2-1 Wolves win is priced at 7/1 but Birmingham offer the better value at 10/1 to win 2-1 and Birmingham are 5/1 to come from behind and either win or draw.

A £10 stake on Larsson scoring first and Birmingham winning 2-1 would return £1,010. New customers can sign up here for a free £10 bet.

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Author

Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.