Callum Robinson headed wide at the far post five minutes before the break in a rare opening of a largely forgettable first half.
 To rub even more salt into the wounds, a Paul Merson-inspired Walsall side thumped them 4–1 on the opening day of the 2003–04 season. , When the Premier League was formed in 1992 both Albion and Wolves were outside the top division but they continued to meet in the 'new' First Division throughout the 1990s.  The first league meeting at the Hawthorns ended 1–1 with Jamie O'Hara giving Wolves a first-half lead before an injury time equaliser from Albion's Carlos Vela earned the Baggies a point. Compare form, standings position and many match statistics. West Brom should have too much for them here.  The most recent derby being a 3–0 victory for Wolves at Bescot Stadium on 8 March 2014.. Birmingham remain 16th after a gritty point in their first game back with boss Pep Clotet having announced last week he will leave at the end of the season. However, prior to football's suspension due to the coronavirus pandemic in March, West Brom played out a stalemate with Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, with Birmingham losing 3-1 at home to Reading. Leko ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in December and was ruled out for the remainder of the season, while 19-year-old Ferguson was found to be carrying a knee injury in January. What I expect is an extremely front footed team that is very brave. Only Hull (11) are currently enduring a longer winless run amongst current Championship sides than Birmingham City (5 - D4 L1). vs Birmingham City. Pep Clotet will be leaving at the end of the campaign, and only a dramatic turn of form - either way - would see them reach the play-offs or go down. Birmingham goalscorer Gary Gardner goes into the book for a challenge on Kyle Edwards and draws the ire of the West Brom supporters. The steely visitors were organised at the back but one-dimensional going forward as highly-rated Jude Bellingham struggled to impose himself.
West Brom's Slaven Bilic: "There were in good form before the break.
Birmingham are in strange position. Wolves enjoyed league and cup domination for a good deal of the 1950s; finishing in the top 3 on nine occasions, winning the title three times and FA Cup twice in this period. Tactically the team was superb and we had a couple of chances. , In the 2010–11 season the two sides met for the first time in the Premier League, marking the first top flight derby in nearly 27 years.
 A 2–0 win at the Hawthorns was followed by a 5–1 demolition of Wolves away at Molineux where Peter Odemwingie grabbed a hat-trick. I like Birmingham, but I like my team more.". Matches between teams. In 1 (100.00%) matches played at home was total goals (team and opponent) Over 1.5 goals. Birmingham's Pep Clotet: "As it's the first game we've played after three months the last thing I wanted was an open game. The rivalry remained intense and due to police concerns and televised games, the fixture has not been staged at the traditional English kick-off time of 3pm on a Saturday since 1996. Compare Birmingham and West Brom. A team that up front can become dangerous in absolutely no time with Lukas Jutkiewicz and Scott Hogan. "We've got to see what clubs have done their homework during this period and what clubs haven't. Throughout the rest of the century both sides met frequently, with a six-year period in the 1980s the longest gap without a meeting between the two Black Country rivals. Article Reactions Here on SofaScore livescore you can find all West Bromwich Albion vs Birmingham City previous results sorted by their H2H matches. "We have the quality, we have the patterns, we have the atmosphere, we have the gap, we have the motivation.  Attendances in these early fixtures were modest, but that was the case across much of the country as football gradually grew in popularity at the turn of the century.
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Albion tried to up the tempo after the break and Phillips saw a volley deflect over before Hal Robson-Kanu just missed Pereira's cross. , The earliest Black Country derbies were contested prior to the formation of the Football League.
His influence began to grow and Pereira drilled just wide after 67 minutes having already seen a free-kick blocked by the wall. West Brom had just suffered a mini-wobble before the suspension, and Slaven Bilic will no doubt have them raring to go for this one. You have to be good enough in the final product.  Wolves and Albion's first two 'official' meetings came in the FA Cup in 1886 and 1887, with Albion recording victories on both occasions and going on to reach the final in both years. Only Jonathan Leko and Nathan Ferguson are unavailable ahead of the Sky Bet Championship fixture, with both players sidelined with long-term injuries. By the 1906–07 season, the fixtures began to regularly attract crowds above 20,000 and a more intense rivalry emerged.
West Bromwich Albion won 8 direct matches. Bilic has a wealth of options within his promotion-chasing squad, with Grady Diangana, Callum Robinson, Kamil Grosicki, Matt Phillips, Matheus Pereira and Kyle Edwards all competing for selection. It's a feisty game, this.  The clubs also met in the FA Cup third round, with Albion triumphing 3–0 at Molineux – a major riot followed in the city centre as hundreds of fans clashed. On average in direct matches both teams scored a 2.65 goals per Match. Clotet confirmed that the club had two positive results for Covid-19 during the earlier rounds of routine testing of Birmingham players and staff but are all-clear heading into the weekend. Albion were also a strong side, renowned for their attacking flair, and also challenged near the top of the league. Wolves' league win coupled with Albion's cup win meant they contested the Charity Shield in 1954 – the only time the two teams have met in the final of any competition. West Brom had a lot of domination but both teams were as good as each other when it came to the final third. West Brom's Kamil Grosicki has been directly involved in six goals in four league starts against Birmingham City (3 goals, 3 assists). The victory was particularly crucial in helping Wolves escape relegation. I hope this is enough and I'm sure it's going to be very crucial, the 90 minutes we played, because we have a game under our belt.". Compare form, standings position and many match statistics. However, in the 1980s they met Wolves for one season in 1985–86 and Albion for one season in 1988–89. That requires exceptional performances. The Baggies drew a blank as they made their comeback after the three-month enforced break due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Only Hull (11) are currently enduring a longer winless run amongst current Championship sides than Birmingham City (5 - D4 L1). The Spaniard, who announced earlier this month that he will leave as head coach at the end of the season, has injury doubts over two unspecified players who are unlikely to feature against the Baggies. Albion and Walsall were in a battle with each other to avoid relegation and ultimately it was the Saddlers who faced the drop, putting an end to the three-way Black Country derbies after only one season. Hooliganism in the fixtures was a big problem in the 1960s and the frictions between fanbases causes regular restrictions on local pubs on match days..
 By 6 March 2002, after 38 games of the season, Wolves were ten points ahead of Albion but gained only 9 more points compared to Albion's 22 in the last eight matches and the Baggies clinched automatic promotion in second place on the final day of the season.
West Bromwich Albion » Historical results. Both fixtures against each other were in the first half of the season, with a 1–1 draw at the Hawthorns and a 1–0 victory for Albion at Molineux. Walsall took the bragging rights with a double over Albion and an away win at Molineux, while Albion and Wolves shared the spoils in both league fixtures. Their last 10 games they have lost only once but that doesn't count now. We deserved to win and we did enough to win.