Goals galore in Midlands derby

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Darren Moore

The top scoring sides in the Championship, West Brom and Aston Villa, face off in a Midlands derby on Friday night and it is a safe bet both teams can add to their tallies.

West Brom v Villa – draw with goals @ 59/20

The Baggies have found the back of the net 42 times in 20 games this season, three more times than the Villans, who have scored two or more in their last five matches, including that crazy 5-5 draw with Nottingham Forest last month.

Manager Dean Smith appears to be getting the best out of his team after a rocky start and Villa have beaten both Derby and Middlesbrough 3-0 in their last two away games.

West Brom could have had double figures against Brentford on Monday but were left frustrated by a 1-1 draw so will be out to make amends.

Despite none of the last five meetings featuring over 2.5 goals, it should be a Friday night cracker to kick-off the weekend.

Birmingham to win @ 5/4

Staying in the Midlands and Birmingham City can make it three wins on the spin when they play host to Bristol City.

Blues have responded well to their Second City Derby defeat, beating Preston and Millwall to nil, while they have yet to taste defeat at St Andrew’s in the league this season.

Bristol City travel to Birmingham with just one win in the last six matches and that came against bottom of the table Ipswich.

This is a fixture Blues have traditionally enjoyed, losing just one of the last 13 to the Robins, and can build on that record on Saturday.

Hull City double chance @ 20/33

Life for the Tigers has improved of late and they head back to the London seeking a second successive victory in the capital having beaten QPR 3-2 last weekend.

Hull have lost just one of the last six in the Championship, picking up creditable results against West Brom and Norwich along the way.

In contrast to Hull’s improving form, Millwall have slumped back into the relegation zone after a five match winless run.

Hull are unbeaten on their last two trips to the New Den and can get a positive result once again, while both teams to score at 4/5 also appeals given each side has struggled for clean sheets recently.

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