There have been just two Black Country derbies in the last 12 years, so there is little doubt that many will be looking forward to Wolves' visit to West Brom in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
An early kick-off could mean the game takes time to get going, but it looks set to be an intense atmosphere which could lead to both teams showing plenty of endeavour, even if goals prove to be few and far between.
We have a selected a Bet Builder for the big game at The Hawthorns, which will pay out at 12/1 if it proves successful.
Under 2.5 goals - 17/20
The atmosphere should be electric at The Hawthorns, but it can sometimes take time for early kick-offs to catch fire and Sunday’s Black Country derby may be no exception.
A 11.45am start time will not be considered ideal for either team and it is worth supporting that, despite the highly anticipated nature of the fixture, there may not be many goals.
The Baggies, who are in the thick of the play-off hunt in the Championship, have the third-tightest defence in the second tier and their visitors will perhaps not be as potent as they could be with striker Hee-Chan Hwang away with South Korea at the Asian Cup.
Wolves have won one of their last eight away matches and after gaining a goalless draw at Brighton, a result that should not be sniffed at, firm defence could be the priority for Gary O’Neil’s side.
Albion have won their last two home games against Aldershot and Blackburn by 4-1 scorelines, but four of their five home games before that featured fewer than three goals, so back this one to follow suit.
Over 9 corners - 4/7
Not breaking through is one thing, but the endeavour should be there and the corner count may not be as low as anticipated.
Only Brighton and bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United have forced fewer corners on the road than Wolves’ average of just 3.27 per game.
However, they should be able to eclipse that against a team from a lower division, particularly as they have posted a figure of 5.4 at Molineux.
The Baggies’ home tally of 6.64 is the fourth highest in the Championship and the nature of the fixture means they will be encouraged forward, so we should see more than nine corners in total.
Max Kilman to be booked - 7/2
Wolves midfielder Mario Lemina would probably be the best place to start when looking for a bookings bet in the showdown, but he did not start the last tie against Brentford, so it could be better to look elsewhere.
His team-mate Max Kilman could fit the bill in what could be an intense encounter having picked up five bookings this term.
Two of those have come in his last two matches and he has committed at least two fouls in five of his last eight outings for Gary O’Neil’s team, so he looks decent value to go into the referee’s notebook.
On-loan Andreas Weimann is ineligible having appeared for his parent club Bristol City earlier on in the competition, while Semi Ajayi and Grady Diangana are still at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Hopes are high that Okay Yokuslu will be fit, but Jayson Molumby, Matt Phillips and Josh Maja have all been ruled out.
Rayan Ait-Nouri may be available after Algeria’s early exit from the Africa Cup of Nations, but Hee-Chan Hwang and Boubacar Traore are still away.
Meanwhile, Joao Gomes is suspended and Pablo Sarabia is struggling with a hamstring injury.
Wolves have lost just one of their last nine matches.
Six of West Brom’s last nine games have featured fewer than three goals.
|West Brom wins
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