Villa Park and The Hawthorns are just four miles apart but this season's clash will take on an even greater significance as Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion are the only two West-Midlands clubs in the Premier League.
West Brom remain unbeaten at home from three league matches but have yet to win away this season in two outings.
Villa, meanwhile, are struggling in 14th place with only four points and will relish the opportunity to get one over on their rivals in front of their own fans. Their midweek victory over Manchester City in the Capital One Cup is sure to have buoyed morale.
KICK OFF: Sunday, 4pm
PAST THREE MEETINGS…
West Brom 0 Aston Villa 0, Premier League, April 2012
Aston Villa 1 (Bent) West Brom 2 (Olsson, Scharner), Premier League, October 2011
West Brom 2 (Odemwingie, Mulumbu) Aston Villa 1 (Meite), Premier League, April 2011
Six of the last eight Premier League meetings between Villa and West Brom have ended with a 2-1 score line.
10 points after five games is West Brom’s best ever start to a Premier League season.
In the Premier League era, only in 1997-98 (three points) have Villa had a worse record than the four points that they have accrued after five matches this campaign.
Aston Villa to win: 2.50
West Brom to win: 2.75
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