The Black Country derby matches returned last season thanks to West Bromwich Albion being back in the Premier League, although the Baggies came off worse over the two matches.
Wolves were the 3-1 winners at Molineux last May after coming within a whisker of landing the spoils at The Hawthorns three months earlier, with the 1-1 draw being Roy Hodgson’s managerial debut for the Midlands club.
Hodgson managed to steer the Albion well clear of the drop zone, although the team have not yet kicked on this season and frustratingly threw away a 2-0 lead at Sunderland a fortnight ago to draw the match 2-2.
The result leaves them in 17th place and Sunday’s derby will be their fourth attempt to win at home this season with Ladbrokes (£50 free bets) offering a stand-out 21/20 that West Brom leapfrog their arch-rivals by winning this match.
With Birmingham having been relegated last season, these occasions are likely to be even more intense and Mick McCarthy’s side are looking to work themselves out of a rut which has seen Wanderers lose four league games on the bounce, the latest of these a home defeat by Newcastle.
Bet365 (£200 free betting) go 3/1 that the visitors make amends for last season’s late slip-up and it is a reasonable price when you consider how well Wolves played when narrowly losing 2-1 to Liverpool in their last away match.
On the First Goalscorer market, Kevin Doyle will be looking to make amends after his red card for the Republic of Ireland during the week, while Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long have a chance to etch their name in Albion folklore on Sunday.
A low-scoring encounter looks likely considering that both teams will be desperate not to concede the first goal and Under 2.5 Goals looks a spot of value at 10/11.