Top of the table Wolverhampton Wanderers take on Birmingham City, with the Black Country side looking to consolidate their lead at the top of the Championship table.
Wolves now have a single point lead following Cardiff City’s win last Friday night, so a result at St Andrews is imperative.
Wolves will be looking to restore their four point lead at the top of the Championship when they face Birmingham in a West Midlands derby on Monday night.
Nuno Espírito Santo’s side head into the game having won their last five league games, including 5-1 and 4-1 hammerings of Bolton and Leeds respectively.
In fact Wolves have won their last five Championship matches by a margin of two or more goals, emphatic.
At the other end of the table Birmingham are embroiled in a relegation fight. The Blues have won just one of their last seven league games and slipped into the bottom three over the weekend without even playing after Bolton picked up a rare victory to leap frog them.
They say form counts for nothing going into a derby, but I think the vast majority will be rubbishing that claim when punting on this one.
Wolves have won three of their last four trips to St Andrew’s and I fully expect them to make it four from five by taking all three points. In fact they’re ¾ favs to win on Monday.
Léo Bonatini is the league’s second top goal scorer with 11 goals and he’s the obvious pick to open the scoring at 4/1. Excellent value for a player who has opened the scoring on so many occasions already this season.
David Davis, Craig Gardner, Jason Lowe and Stephen Gleeson have all recovered from their respective injuries and could return for the Blues, but Carl Jenkinson remains on the sidelines.
The visitors will be without Rúben Neves due to suspension and Phil Ofosu-Ayeh has suffered a further setback and is remains unavailable.
Birmingham did well to hold Sheffiled United to a one all draw last time out and will be full of confidence heading into this one. But for me Wolves will have too much class in all areas of the pitch and should coast to victory.
Wolves HT/FT 9/5. For added value correct score of 3-1 at 12/1.