David Gold and David Sullivan are preparing to make a relatively quick return to Birmingham after jumping ship to own West Ham and may fancy their chances of the Hammers grabbing a first away victory of the Premier League season.
Despite putting in some relatively good performances in spells this season, West Ham’s lack of consistency has left them propping up the Premier League table.
Just one win in ten games has left them four points from moving out of the relegation zone, but boss Avram Grant is convinced that it is only a matter of time before West Ham’s good performances are rewarded with some victories.
West Ham are 3/1 to beat Birmingham in the Premier League betting odds and have a strong record against the opposition thanks to four victories in their last seven meetings.
Meanwhile, they have only lost away to Birmingham once in 25 years.
Birmingham tend to be tough to beat at St Andrew’s as Everton’s recent victory at the ground ended a year-long unbeaten record at home.
They are 10/11 to beat West Ham and give themselves some breathing space from the relegation places.
Over/Under 2.5 goals
A lack of goals has been one of the problems affecting both teams this season and is a primary reason for their troubles towards the foot of the Premier League standings.
Birmingham have netted just four times in their last seven league games and have taken the three points in just three of their last 20 outings in the top flight.
Meanwhile, West Ham have scored just seven goals all season, which is the joint worst with fellow relegation candidates Wigan.
These facts suggest that a low-scoring encounter would be no surprise, with 8/13 on offer that a total of under 2.5 goals are scored.
A 1-0 victory would be a sensible scoreline to predict and it is 6/1 that it ends this way in Birmingham’s favour and 8/1 that West Ham beat Alex McLeish’s team 1-0. See the full Birmingham vs West Ham match betting odds market.