The Championship season gets back underway for Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion on Sunday with the two facing off in the second and final derby of the year.
A late Karlan Grant goal saw the Baggies take the reverse fixture 1-0 back in October but it’s been all change among both sides since that last outing.
Steve Bruce replaced Valerien Ismael in the dugout at the Hawthorns whilst Lee Bowyer bolstered his squad with a number of new signings in the last January transfer window.
It’s shaping up to be an intriguing contest with both teams desperate for victory. The Blues keen to get their revenge on Albion whilst the Baggies need the three points to keep their play-off chances alive.
Here’s all the need to know details ahead of the contest...
When and where is the game?
The game takes place at Birmingham’s home of St Andrew’s on Sunday 3rd April. Kick-off is scheduled for 15:00 (BST).
Is Birmingham City vs West Brom on TV?
Who is the match referee?
Dean Whitestone will take charge of the game between these two West Midlands rivals with Andrew Fox and Steven Meredith his assistants. Thomas Bramall will be on fourth official duties.
Whitestone has officiated 25 Championship games this campaign, dishing out 73 yellow cards, one red card and nine penalties.
Birmingham are closing in on a near fully fit squad for the first time in a long time ahead of Sunday.
Troy Deeney is back in training and could make his long awaited return to the team whilst Lyle Taylor also has a chance to suit up from the start.
Teden Mengi and George Friend should be the only absentees.
It’s also looking positive for West Brom who aside from Daryl Dike, who unfortunately seems unlikely to play again this season, should have a fully fit squad to choose from.
Birmingham City: DLDWLL
West Brom: DWDWLL
Historically, West Brom have a much stronger record than Blues in this fixture having won 61 times to Birmingham’s 35 with 38 draws.
More recently, it’s been Albion dominance too.
Lee Bowyer’s men haven’t beat West Brom in any competition since 2006. A 2-0 win at St Andrew’s in the Championship - a Gary McSheffrey double sending the points home with the Blues.
Birmingham City: 14/5
West Brom: 21/20
(Odds correct with SkyBet as of Friday 1st April)
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