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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
16:00 31st October 2014

MATCH PREVIEW: Wolves v Birmingham City

Overview
Wolves host Birmingham City at Molineux on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 12.15pm) in their 15th fixture of the 2014/15 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Kenny Jackett's side are currently third in the table having taken 26 points from 14 games and are level on points with league leaders, Derby County.

In their last outing at Elland Road Wolves ran out 2-1 winners over Leeds United, overturning the Whites' first-half advantage through goals from James Henry and Leon Clarke to seal back-to-back victories.

With 11 points from their opening 14 games Birmingham currently sit 23rd in the Sky Bet Championship table, falling to an 8-0 defeat at the hands of Bournemouth in their last outing at St. Andrews.

Brett Pitman fired the cherries into an early lead before Blues defender David Edgar was then sent off for a foul on Callum Wilson.

Wilson and Matt Ritchie made it 3-0 by half-time before Marc Pugh netted a hat-trick and two more from Tokelo Rantie completed Birmingham's misery.

Following the heavy defeat to Bournemouth Blues appointed, Burton Albion boss, Gary Rowett as their manager and Saturday's match will be Rowett's first game in charge. 

Wolves were victorious in Blues' last visit to Molineux in December 2012, Marlon King's 34th minute own goal proved enough for the home side to seal three points. 

Team News

Wolves
Bakary Sako will be a late decision for Kenny Jackett ahead of Saturday's game as the winger closes in on full recovery from the injury that kept him out of the Leeds clash.

Liam McAlinden was recalled from his loan spell with Fleetwood Town earlier this week and is eligible to feature against Birmingham.

Aaron McCarey (back) remains a long-term exclusion as the goalkeeper recovers from surgery on a back problem.

Birmingham City
Demarai Gray (ankle) missed Blues' defeat to Bournemouth and is unlikely to feature against Wolves.

Gavin Gunning (knee), Matt Green (knee) and Mark Duffy (calf) will all be missing from the Birmingham squad due to their respective injuries.

David Edgar picked up a red card against the Cherries and is suspended for Saturday's game. 

Pre Match Views

Kenny Jackett


Gary Rowett

"If I was to get my kit on now and walk out at Molineux, I think there would be a bit of me thinking: 'Come on, I've got to show a little bit of toughness and aggression in a game like this.'.

"I think derbies have changed a little bit over the years, the games are slightly different to the way they were perhaps ten years ago because you can't get away with quite as much as you once did.

"Some of the aggression has been taken away because of the way the game has to be played but there will still be an element of people's expectation."

Odds
Wolves: 1/2 Draw: 10/3 Birmingham City: 5/1
Sky Bet have Wolves as strong favourites going into Saturday's game and have given Blues a slim chance of taking something from the match.

To place a bet on Saturday's game or any other football match across the country, sign up for a Sky Bet account via Wolves' official link.

(Odds subject to change)

Coverage

If you can't make the game on Saturday you can follow the action through live commentary on Wolves Player, minute-by-minute text updates on Wolves' official Twitter account or via the Live Matchday Blog.

Make sure to keep an eye on the official website and the Wolves YouTube account for all post-match reaction and match highlights.