Having both dropped down from the Premiership last season, Birmingham and West Ham will have expected to be involved in the Championship promotion shake-up but ahead of the pair’s St Andrews showdown, only the second-placed Hammers fall into that category while the Blues are down in 14th, albeit having played a couple of games less.
Nevertheless, it’s Birmingham’s away form that sees them languishing in the lower half of the table and they remain unbeaten at home, so punters shouldn’t read too much into positions ahead of this one.
Indeed, Chris Hughton’s men are actually slight favourites at 6/4 with Totesport but Sam Allardyce’s side, a 2/1 shot at , have picked up seven wins in eleven on the road so they’re difficult to oppose as well.
Subsequently, Skybet’s 12/5 chalked against the draw is the best bet but with stalemate flutters always a risk, punters might be better served by being bold and backing a 1-1 scoreline at 11/2 with Boylesports.
A couple of home wins stand out across the rest of the coupon. Firstly, leaders Southampton have a formidable home record and Paddy Power post 1/2 against them racking up another St Mary’s Stadium success at Crystal Palace’s expense while Reading, fresh from their triumph at Leeds, are 4/5 via Ladbrokes as they host Brighton.