Premier League: Aston Villa v West Brom match preview
A look ahead to this
weekend's Premier League fixture at Villa Park
Friday 28 September 2012
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
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
TV: Live on Sky Sports 1 at 4pm, highlights on BBC2 at 10.25pm
Latest in Sport
Paul Scholes: Emirates was the easy option for Mesut Ozil. He needs a leader - and Arsenal don't have them
Gareth Bale reveals the two things he hates about Real Madrid: 'Getting nutmegged and Spanish spiders'
Frank Warren column: Amir Khan ready to meet winner of Floyd Mayweather v Manny Pacquiao
Cristiano Ronaldo shows off his dance moves, including the moonwalk
Terminally-ill Club Brugge fan Lorenzo Schoonbaert delays euthanasia appointment to see his beloved football club 'win one last time'
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Nigel Farage promises Ukip will not 'stigmatise' would-be migrants – and says he wants 'everyone to speak the same language'
Ex-head of MI6: 'We shouldn't kid ourselves that Russia is on a path to democracy'
Most people think legal tax avoidance is just as wrong as illegal tax evasion, poll suggests