Baggies Can Beat The Blues In West Midlands Derby
In the competitive environment of the Championship losing nine points can be the difference between challenging for the playoffs and being on the periphery of a relegation struggle. Birmingham have been hit with a nine-point deduction for breaching Football League financial rules. That’s the equivalent of three wins but one of those is unlikely to come at West Brom tonight.
A defeat in the West Midlands derby would leave Birmingham five points above the drop zone. Losing so much ground for a non-playing infringement is a mentally demanding predicament. Even though they are too good to go down the nightmare scenario of relegation to League One could become a step closer when WEST BROM beat Birmingham tonight and that outcome is 5/6 with bet365.
There is live televised rugby action in both codes this evening. Hull host Warrington in the Super League and the visitors can extend their outstanding start to the season. The Wolves have won six of seven starts and would have had a perfect record but for a one point loss at Catalans. Hull’s recent winning form has come against the bottom four teams so WARRINGTON -5.5 is the bet at 4/5 with Coral.
Sale are at home to Connacht in the quarter-finals of the European Challenge Cup. The hosts won the corresponding fixture in the pool stages by 34 points to 13 while Connacht won the reverse fixture by just two points. Both sides are stronger in defence than attack which suggests a low scoring encounter which Sale should win. The best bet is UNDER 44.5 POINTS at 5/6 with bet365.
The feature race of the day is the handicap over one mile and four furlongs on the All-Weather at Dundalk (6.45). Chess Grand Master has the right connections because the horse is trained and ridden by sons of Aidan O’Brien but Park Row should have his measure. Sheisdiesel is carrying a manageable weight but BIT OF BANTER has the form to prevail in this company at 10/1 with Coral.