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Sunday, 16 December, 2018

Nuno's Wolves can get the party started by beating Birmingham

Superstar Ruben Neves just one of many attacking options

Wolves have had plenty to celebrate this season
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Wolves can celebrate their promotion to the Premier League in style by beating Birmingham at a jubilant Molineux.

Wanderers have been the best team in the Sky Bet Championship and fully deserve to be crowned champions too, while it won't take too much for Nuno's men to be considered top-half material in next season's Premier League.

They are rightly considered a short price to overcome a Birmingham side scrapping against relegation and the best bet could be to take Wolves to win in a match featuring over 2.5 goals.

Ruben Neves's sensational strike against Derby on Wednesday showed why he should be playing in the Champions League, never mind the Championship, and the options in Nuno's squad means tiredness should not be a factor.

Helder Costa and Leo Bonatini were among those on the bench in midweek and Derby boss Gary Rowett admitted Wolves "were a class above us" which is saying something considering the Rams have plenty of Premier League experience in their ranks.

However, defensively maybe there are signs of complacency setting in as the Derby victory was only their second clean sheet in six at Molineux with Hull and Norwich both scoring twice, while even powder-puff Burton found a route to goal.

Birmingham conceded three at Bristol City themselves on Tuesday, although Lukas Jutkiewicz continued his decent form with three in as many matches.

City have notched in their last six games and the possible return of Sam Gallagher will give them a boost, even if it's off the bench.

Recommendation
Wolves & over 2.5 goals
1pt 11-8 BoyleSports, Coral, Ladbrokes

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Team news
Wolves
Nuno has the same squad available as for Wednesday's win over Derby.

Birmingham
Sam Gallagher and Craig Gardner have returned to full training. Che Adams is suspended. 

Key stat
Birmingham have lost five of their last six away matches.


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