It’s Premier League match time at Molineux as Wolverhapton Wanderers get set to host Birmingham city on Sunday, December 12.

Wolves are coming off a 3-0 loss away to Blackburn, match week 16. Blackburn are not the most impressive team on display and Wolves would have hoped for a better result. There has been a lot of criticism of Mick McCarthy in recent times, but in fact, he is saddled with a mediocre side, and has managed to extract some good performances from his charges this season, though the results don’t show it.

In match week 16, Birmingham had a morale valorant boosting come-from-behind draw against Tottenham Hotspur. Birmingham have earned a reputation for their never-say-die attitude, and the game against Spurs was another display of that spirit.

After Redknapp’s men dominated the first half, the Blues fought back in the second. Their persistence paid off when they got an equaliser via Craig Gardner with less than 10  minutes to go, after Spurs got an early lead on 18 minutes.

Birmingham’s back-line was tested by the pace of Bale and Lennon, and Defoe was also on the ball after returning to Redknapp’s squad after a two-month hiatus. But after the first goal, the City stood up to the challenge.

Wolves’ loss against Blackburn has pushed them down to the foot of the points table at 20th. Birmingham are six places above them in 13th.

Wolves home form this season has seen them lose three games of eight hosted while winning three and drawing two. Birmingham’s away record has been winless, with three losses and five draws in eight games on the road.

Head to head,  in all league matches between the sides, Wolves have a 55-33 advantage, in 115 meetings. That said, these sides have only met twice in the Premier League, with Birmingham winning both of those games. Their last meeting in the Premiership in February 2010 was hosted by Birmingham and the hosts prevailed 2-1.

Wolves will be hoping to use home advantage to get their campaign back on the road, but in Birmingham they are up against tough opponents who won’t give anything away.