Tony Mowbray makes a return to the Hawthorns this Saturday as Blues take on West Brom.
Blues’ boss spent three years at the Albion and won the Championship in that time also.
There is an opportunity for history to be made on Saturday if they can win this derby for the fifth consecutive time.
Despite defeat at the hands of Leicester last week in the FA Cup, Blues are going into the weekend in steady league form with Mowbray picking up four points in his opening two matches.
Blues have had some unwanted injury news in the build-up to Saturday – John Ruddy and Cody Drameh are doubts while Jutkiewicz, Chang, Hall and Sanderson are already ruled out of action.
The latter scored in the reverse fixture in October where Blues won the game 3-1 which turned out to be John Eustace’s final match in charge.
Another goal scorer that day, Juninho Bacuna, will be assessed before the match, in the hope that he is fit enough to play.
Albion are currently occupying one of the play-off places but their form has been a little inconsistent of late, losing three of their last six league matches.
On top of this, they will also need to bounce back from a deflating derby loss to Wolves in the FA Cup which saw some unsavoury scenes in the stands.
Albion do however have the fifth-best home record in the Championship, so Blues will need to be on top form if they are to make it seven points out of nine since Mowbray’s appointment.
New signings Andre Dozzell, Paik Seung-ho and Alex Pritchard are all fit and available for Saturday’s game so Blues fans will likely see a run out for some of January’s recruits.
On Blues’ previous visit to the Hawthorns, Scott Hogan netted a hat-trick in a 3-2 away victory.
Mowbray had this to say about Saturday’s opposition:
“We have to go there and make life as difficult for them as possible and try and play the way we are trying to play.
“We are very mindful that Carlos is a very good coach and his team can hurt you.
“They have got very good players. They have (John) Swift and one of my favourite players in the league, Jed Wallace – he’s a wonderful footballer.”