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09:30 31st March 2013

Easter Monday Midlands derby

Wolves travel to St Andrews to take on Birmingham City on Monday for the second game of their Easter double-header.

Blues come into the derby in fine form, having won their last three nPower Championship games - most recently the hugely impressive 4-0 win away at Crystal Palace on Good Friday.

However, Wanderers will be looking to complete a league double over their Midlands rivals, after a Marlon King own goal gave Stale Solbakken's side a 1-0 win at Molineux in early December.

The two teams also met last season in the FA Cup, with a then-Premier League Wolves being held to a goalless draw at St Andrews in the third round, before a Wade Elliott goal gave Blues the victory in the Molineux replay.

Prior to those meetings, the four previous clashes between the sides were in the Premier League, after both clubs were promoted from the Championship in 2009.

During both clubs' first season back in the top flight, Blues did the double over Mick McCarthy's Wolves, with Lee Bowyer scoring an early winner at Molineux in the November of that campaign.

Kevin Phillips - a long-time thorn in Wolves' side - then stole the headlines during the return fixture at St Andrews in February.

Kevin Doyle had given the visitors the advantage just prior to half time, but late substitute Phillips turned the game on its head and broke Wolves hearts with two goals in the final ten minutes to earn Birmingham the three points.

Both sides survived relatively comfortably that season - Wolves ended up 15th, while Blues finished ninth - but it was a different story during the next campaign, as both clubs struggled to keep their Premier League status.

Stephen Hunt scored the goal which won the Molineux meeting, while the away fixture ended all square after Steven Fletcher's early penalty was cancelled out by Seb Larsson's equaliser.

Both teams then saw their fate decided on a dramatic final day of the campaign, with Wolves just edging out their Midlands rivals courtesy of Hunt's late goal against Blackburn and Birmingham's defeat away at Spurs.

Roger Johnson - who was in the Birmingham team relegated that day - is likely to make his second return to St Andrews on Monday. 

The defender played over 70 Premier League games for Blues, and was in the team which won the Carling Cup final at Wembley in 2011.

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