Build-a-bet: West Brom vs Birmingham City - Baggies to run riot over local rivals

With the international break behind us, we turn our attention to the return of club soccer, starting with a Friday night Championship clash between West Brom and Birmingham.

West Brom went into the two-week break with a bitter taste in their mouth, that taste stemming from their first league defeat of the season - a 1-0 loss away at Stoke.

Nick Powell scored the only goal of the game as the Potters ended Valerien Ismael's 10 match unbeaten run in the Championship.

With the Baggies looking to maintain their early-season push for promotion, a win over Birmingham will be seen as paramount.

West Bromwich Albion's Semi Ajayi applauds the fans after the Sky Bet Championship match at the bet365 Stadium

Speaking of City, they're currently the second most out-of-form team in the league.

Lee Bowyer's side have earned just one point from their last five games, losing four times and conceding 12 goals in the process.

With that in mind, the last thing Birmingham need is a clash with a West Brom side that's just waiting to unleash their frustrations.

Ahead of the game, we have put together a boosted Planet Sport Bet build-a-bet featuring three selections.

West Brom to win to nil

Make no bones about it, West Brom should win this with goals to spare.

Not only do the Baggies enjoy a vastly superior head-to-head record, but they're also taking on a side that hasn't scored in 363 minutes of Championship soccer.

Birmingham failed to find the back of the net in four consecutive games against Peterborough, Preston, QPR and Nottingham Forest.

Birmingham City players warm up ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match at St. Andrew's,

With West Brom enjoying the second-best defensive record in the division, it's hard to see how the visitors could possibly get on the scoresheet.

The Blues have lost six games this season across all competitions. Five of them saw this same bet land against them.

Bearing all that in mind, West Brom to win without conceding is our first selection.

Over 4.5 West Brom corners

Our next tip might not bring a lot of value but it's one that has landed in five consecutive games.

Since his arrival at the Hawthorns, it's not taken long for Ismael to implement his style. Throughout this entire season, fans have been treated to a high-press, high-octane and high-energy style of soccer.

While good on the eye, Ismael's tactics also help in the betting.

West Bromwich Albion manager Valerien Ismael gestures to the fans at the end of the Sky Bet Championship match at the Cardiff City

With the Baggies expected to take the game to the visitors, it's likely that Birmingham will spend a large portion of time in their own half - something that could lead to a high number of corners for the home team.

West Brom have seen the over 4.5 corner bet land in all five of their recent games with Derby, Preston, QPR, Cardiff and Stoke.

At 4/11, this wouldn't be a very attractive selection as a lone bet. However, as it is part of a bet builder, it makes for a solid addition.

Second half to have most goals

In their last seven Championship outings, West Brom have managed to find the back of the net on nine occasions.

Interestingly, seven of those have arrived in the second half of games.

Birmingham haven't scored many goals but two of their last three have also been bagged after the interval.

As things stand, the price on the second half to have the most goals is 11/10. Considering the stats outlined above, that's not a bad offer. What's more, it makes for another solid addition to our bet builder.

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