West Midlands Football Blog
25th November 2016
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Aston Villa

A strong performance from the Villa last weekend has given fans hope of a resurgence up the table. The Villans took the lead after Nathan Baker knocked in a corner, but a lapse in defending allowed Brighton & Hove Albion’s Glenn Murray to equalise just before half time. There was a strong performance in the second-half from Steve Bruce’s men, but the hosts managed to starve off the Villa to remain in the automatic promotion places.

On Saturday Villa host Neil Warnock’s Cardiff City, a side who have largely struggled this season and sit precariously just above the relegation zone, but the Bluebirds will be arriving in the Midlands on a high after beating Huddersfield 3-2 last week. While a Cardiff team under new management may be difficult to predict, if Villa can repeat their second-half performance against Brighton this weekend then they should see off Cardiff with ease.

TheBestOfBirmingham’s Prediction: Villa 2-0 Cardiff

Birmingham City

Che Adams scored late on to give Blues a slim 1-0 win over Bristol City last weekend, leaving them in fifth place. A win this weekend over Brentford could leave them only four points off the automatic promotion places.

Blues travel to London this weekend as they visit mid-table Brentford, and they could return to the Second City with all three points. Defeats to Blackburn Rovers and Fulham in the past two games leaves a fragile Brentford side, but the Bees hadn’t lost two games back-to-back before last week so it’s difficult to predict how they will react. However Gary Rowett’s side should be able to pounce on any ounce of low confidence in the Brentford side.

TheBestOfBirmingham Prediction: Brentford 0-0 Blues

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies stormed to a resounding 4-0 win over Burnley as they featured in what was expected to be a drab Monday Night Football match. Matt Phillips, James Morrison and Darren Fletcher found the net in the first-half. Salomon Rondon rounded off the scoring 20 minutes after the break to give the Baggies all three points and propelling them into the top half.

Albion can now capitalise on their Burnley victory, as they travel up north to face a struggling Hull City, who sit 18th. The Tigers have only managed four points from their last 10 games, and host West Brom on the back of a 3-0 thrashing to Sunderland.

TheBestOfBirmingham Prediction: Hull 0-2 Albion

Paget Rangers

Jason Lanns’ men progressed to the third round of the Birmingham Vase as Daniel Carter netted twice in a 2-0 win over amateur side Silhill, to face Whitnash Town in December.

The Bears return to league action this weekend as they host bitter rivals Sutton United at the Trevor Brown Memorial Ground on Saturday. United visit Boldmere after suffering an embarrassing 10-1 whooping away to Droitwich Spa last weekend, the Reddicap side have only won once since losing 3-1 to Paget in October.

TheBestOfBirmingham Prediction: Paget 4-1 Sutton United

Wolverhampton Wanderers

This week marks the 30th year anniversary since the double signing of Andy Thompson and Steve Bull from local rivals West Bromwich Albion, and how badly Wolves could do with that duo nowadays as they sit only two points above the relegation zone.

New manager Paul Lambert takes charge of his Wolves side for the second time this weekend with Sheffield Wednesday the visitors. The game being the Scot’s first at Molinuex looks to be close to a sell-out as the Wolves faithful look to get behind their new gaffer.

Lambert’s first game in charge last week away at Preston ended in a bore draw. Although Wolves didn’t pick up the three points they so desperately needed, they managed to pick up a point against a Preston side who have lost only one game in nine, and that was against table toppers Newcastle United. Wolves, without a win in eight, will be looking for a win this weekend so they can start climbing that league.

TheBestOfBirmingham Prediction: Wolves 1 – 0 Wednesday

Walsall & Coventry City

Both West Midlands League One clubs lost in Greater Manchester last weekend, Coventry suffered defeat away to Bolton Wanderers as Zach Clough gave the Trotters a 1-0. Meanwhile Walsall were sent back down to the Black Country with their tail between their legs after Rochdale handed them a 4-0 thrashing. Oliver Rathbone, Reuben Noble-Lazarus and two second-half goals from Steven Davies sent Rochdale into the playoff places.

This weekend Cov host struggling Milton Keynes, who are winless since the 1st October when they beat Oldham Athletic away two nil, so this should be a game where the Sky Blues should look to take advantage and give themselves a buffer against the relegation zone. Walsall on the other hand host Southend United, who lie two points off the top six. The Saddlers may struggle against a side that have only lost once in their last 10 games.

TheBestOfBirmingham Prediction: Cov 1-0 MK

TheBestOfBirmingham Predcition: Walsall 0-3 Southend

 

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