After a dour goalless encounter at St Andrews, Wolves and Birmingham face off again for a place in the FA Cup fourth round with viewers hoping for a slightly more entertaining contest.
Possessing home advantage this time, Mick McCarthy’s troops are Skybet’s 21/20 favourites while Stan James price the Blues at 29/10 to cause a mini-upset at Molineux and it’s 12/5 with Betfred for another draw, leading on this occasion to extra-time.
It’s easy to see why the bookies have quoted the sides in this way, after all, Wolves are a Premiership team, playing on their own patch, against Championship opposition but this is the first of two derby clashes in the space of a few days for McCarthy’s men, who entertain Aston Villa on Saturday and there is no doubt about which game the Wanderers boss will consider more important.
McCarthy could make changes for this one then, which could prove decisive against a City side buoyed by an emphatic 6-0 victory at the weekend and punters can capitalise by backing a Birmingham smash-and-grab. For the bold meanwhile, Ladbrokes offer 10/1 for Chris Hughton’s troops to bag the only goal.
The best chance of an upset comes at the Racecourse Ground, where Blue Square Premier table toppers Wrexham are a 2/1 shot with BetVictor to see off Championship side Brighton. The in-form Dragons have only lost three league matches, all of them in September and their only reverse came in the FA Trophy, a competition that was far from a priority for Andy Morrell’s troops.
By contrast, the Seagulls have been pretty inconsistent and have struggled on the road, where goals have proven hard to come by so they look pretty vulnerable ahead of this one.
Birmingham to beat Wolves – 29/10 (Stan James)