FA Cup Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa vs West Brom

Competition: FA Cup Quarter-Final – Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion 

Venue: Villa Park – Saturday, March 7 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 8/5 – Draw 21/10 – West Brom 9/5

Match Preview

Aston Villa and West Brom clash at Villa Park for the second time this week on Saturday evening in a West Midlands derby FA Cup quarter-final tie.

Aston Villa will be relieved as much as they are delighted to have recorded their first win in 13 Premier League games when they beat West Brom 2-1 on Tuesday thanks to a late Christian Benteke penalty – it also marked their first win under new manager Tim Sherwood.

West Brom had been in good form before the defeat to Villa having won six, drawn three and lost just one of their last ten games in all competitions.

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The FA Cup has provided Aston Villa with some much needed respite from their poor Premier League form, so if they can secure top flight status and continue their cup run, it could arguably still be a reasonably successful season given the circumstances.

Wins over Blackpool, Bournemouth and Leicester have seen them through to the quarter-final stage for the first time in five years and a trip to Wembley for the semi-final is now within touching distance.

Tony Pulis has revitalised West Brom since his arrival at the beginning of January, much like he did at Crystal Palace last season, and the midweek defeat to Villa was only his second in all competitions as the Baggies boss.

Strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye have been instrumental for West Brom in recent weeks and have shared the goalscoring load successfully, as they showed in their comprehensive 4-0 win at home to West Ham in the fifth round with Ideye scoring twice and Berahino getting one.

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We’re at the stage of the competition where everyone can now almost smell the grass of the famous Wembley pitch and the players will be desperate to get an opportunity to play on such an stage, so we could see a highly competitive, hard-fought game. A proper FA Cup tie some would say.

Team News

Aston Villa will be without the suspended Alan Hutton. Aly Cissokho (groin), Chris Herd (knee), Nathan Baker (knee) and Libor Kozak (leg) will all miss out through injury while Philippe Senderos and Kieran Richardson are also doubts. Ron Vlaar is expected to return to the squad.

West Brom are likely to be without Victor Anichebe who is suffering with a groin strain. Callum McManaman missed the last game with a foot injury but may return to action this weekend depending on whether he passes a late fitness test.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five in all competitions: L/W/L/L/W

West Brom’s last five in all competitions: W/W/D/W/L

Key Stat: West Brom haven’t beaten Aston Villa in an FA Cup tie since February 1925. The two sides have clashed six times in the competition since then, which have resulted in five Villa wins and one draw.

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Key Player: Gabriel Agbonlahor – He seemed to have a new lease of life on Tuesday night and Tim Sherwood has clearly lifted the spirits and tried to get Villa playing positively and it showed in Agbonlahor’s forward play. If he can perform to near his best then he will be a real danger.

Score Prediction

Aston Villa 2-2 West Bromwich Albion – This has all the makings of a thoroughly entertaining cup tie and we could see it going back to The Hawthorns for a replay.

 

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Premier League Preview and Prediction: Aston Villa Vs West Brom

Competition: Premier League – Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion

Venue: Villa Park – Tuesday, March 3rd – 19:45 GMT (14:45 ET)

Match Odds: Aston Villa 7/5 – Draw 11/5 – West Brom 2/1

Match Preview

Aston Villa take on West Bromwich Albion in the West Midlands Derby on Tuesday night with both sides still stuck in the bottom half of the Premier League table, as they have been for much of the season.

The local rivals will also face each other on Saturday in the FA Cup but all attention will currently be on Tuesday’s key clash.

The Baggies will be hoping to do the double over their rivals after their 1-0 win at the Hawthorns back in December, with former Villain Craig Gardner netting the winner on that day.

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Villa are without a win in 12 Premier League games whereas West Brom have lost just one in their last eight. The Villains have now lost seven straight and are the worst side in the league when it comes to recent form.

Aston Villa’s Premier League home record: Played 13 – Won 2 – Drawn 5 – Lost 6

Tim Sherwood is still looking to win his first Premier League game as Aston Villa head coach and Saturday’s away defeat to Newcastle only increases pressure ahead of this one as Villa desperately look to escape relegation.

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Fortunes may not have changed for Villa despite a managerial change, but they certainly have for West Brom since Tony Pulis took over from previous head coach Alan Irvine. A home win for the Baggies against Southampton on Saturday has further strengthened their case for Premier League survival this season and they now sit in 13th, eight points clear of the drop zone.

West Brom’s Premier League away record: Played 13 – Won 2 – Drawn 6 – Lost 5

Both managers will be taking part in their first West Midlands Derby but it’s the home side, Aston Villa who need all three points more than their opposition.

Villa’s next few games will see them play against teams around them in the relegation battle as they look to climb out of the bottom three. They are second from bottom and their poor goal difference means they need points on the board.

A win for West Brom in this one could see them elevate into 12th, swapping places with Pulis’ former club Crystal Palace.

Team News

Aston Villa still have a few defensive injuries as Aly Cissokho and Kieran Richardson are not expected back until the weekend, while Nathan Baker and Philippe Senderos aren’t due back until March 14. Ron Vlaar could return after his recent calf strain and will face a late fitness test. Libor Kozak and Chris Herd remain out with long-term injuries.

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Tony Pulis will be sweating over the fitness of key strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye, who face late fitness tests after both picking up small knocks at the weekend, and West Brom will be hoping both are fit for the game as they have been key to their recent revival.

Key Points

Aston Villa’s last five in the Premier League: L/L/L/L/L

West Brom’s last five in the Premier League: L/D/W/D/W

Key Stat: West Brom have not completed a league double over Aston Villa since the 1973/1974 season when the clubs played in the second tier of English football.

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Key Player: Saido Berahino – West Brom’s young English striker has been excelling since Tony Pulis’ arrival in January and is expected to make an impact against Aston Villa so long as he passes a late fitness test.

Score Prediction

Aston Villa 1-3 West Brom – The Baggies to pile the misery on their West Midlands rivals with another victory. Villa just simply don’t look good enough and need a miracle if they are to survive relegation.