Birmingham City v Wolves latest odds, news and free bets

There’s a west Midlands derby to warm the cockles on Saturday lunchtime, with Birmingham City looking to continue their impressive home record when they entertain Wolverhampton Wanderers in the FA Cup

Mick McCarthy was seething earlier in the week after seeing his team claw level with Chelsea only to concede a late winner, although the Wolves manager will almost certainly rest the majority of players who were involved in that game.

It means that the visitors could be there for the taking and Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offer an eye-catching 7/5 that the Blues supporters are celebrating come the final whistle.

Chris Hughton’s team have already had an action-packed campaign after being involved in the Europa League until recently, although their chief focus is returning to the Premier League rather than get involved in a cup run which could drain their resources. After all, it was the Carling Cup victory last term that played a part in their downfall.

Marlon King is likely to prove a menace for the Wanderers defence if selected in attack, with Chris Burke an impressive performer for Birmingham and generally making them tick.

Wolves are 2/1 (Paddy Power – £100 free bets) to make their class tell, with Roger Johnson likely to return to his old stomping ground and receive a chorus of boos in the process. However, one can’t help but feel that McCarthy will be pleased to end any involvement in the FA Cup early and focus on Premier League survival.

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