Local derby time at the Hawthorns.
It has been a difficult start to the new year for both of these teams. Having surpassed expectation earlier in the season, West Bromwich Albion have slumped to three straight defeats, including last week’s late, surprise collapse at Reading. Their problems seem relatively small compared to those at Aston Villa, however, with Paul Lambert’s side having not won since mid-December. The visitors could at least be boosted by the return of defender Ron Vlaar. Maximum points would certainly be much welcomed from both camps.
Venue The Hawthorns, Saturday 5.30pm
Last season West Brom 0 Aston Villa 0
Referee Lee Probert
This season’s matches 14 Y40, R1, 2.93 cards per game
Odds West Brom 8-11 Aston Villa 9-2 Draw 11-4
West Bromwich Albion
Subs from Myhill, Popov, Dorrans, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Thorne, Dawson, Odemwingie, Hurst, Tamas, Fortuné
Doubtful Yacob, Fortuné (both hamstring)
Injured Reid (broken leg, unknown) Gera (knee, Oct)
Form guide LLLWWD
Disciplinary record Y35 R1
Leading scorer Lukaku 9
Subs from Given, Marshall, Ireland, El Ahmadi, Holman, Baker, Williams, Bowery, Bennett, Lichaj, Burke, Bent, Carruthers, Agbonlahor
Doubtful Vlaar (calf), Bent (knee)
Injured Albrighton (foot, 29 Jan), Herd (foot, 29 Jan), Gardner (knee, May), Dunne (groin, unknown), Petrov (leukaemia, unknown)
Suspended None Form guide LDLLLW Disciplinary record Y40 R2
Leading scorer Benteke 6
West Brom are unbeaten in their last four games against Aston Villa. They have won two of those matches, with the last two ending in draws.
Prior to that run, Villa were unbeaten against the Baggies in 17 league and cup games, a sequence that lasted 26 years.
West Bromwich Albion
The Baggies have lost six and won just two of their last nine Premier League games.
West Brom have lost their last three top-flight matches. Defeat on Saturday would represent their longest losing run since a sequence of five successive losses between December 2010 and January 2011.
Romelu Lukaku has scored seven goals in the eight Premier League matches he has started for West Brom, failing to net
Villa’s tally of 19 points is the lowest they have ever collected from their opening 22 Premier League matches.
They have won five of their last 38 league matches (W5, D15, L18), and two of 19 away from home (W2, D7, L10).
Villa have conceded six penalties this season, the joint-highest figure in the top flight (along with Wigan).
Paul Lambert’s men have failed to score in seven of their last 11 Premier League matches.
SOURCE: BBC Sport
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