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.

FA Cup Preview and Prediction: West Brom vs West Ham

West Brom vs. West Ham – FA Cup Fifth Round

Venue: The HawthornsSaturday, February 14th12:45

Match Odds: West Brom 7/5 – Draw 23/10 West Ham 19/10

West Brom and West Ham clash in the first FA Cup fifth round tie of the weekend at The Hawthorns on Saturday in one of the three all-Premier League ties in the competition this weekend.

Both sides will be buoyed from their midweek Premier League performances as the Baggies beat Swansea 2-0 at home while West Ham picked up a valuable point away at Southampton, despite only having ten men for the last 30 minutes after goalkeeper Adrian saw red.

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West Brom have only lost one of their last eight games in all competitions, which includes their 2-1 win in the fourth round at Birmingham, and a comprehensive 7-0 victory over non-league Gateshead in round three.

West Brom’s home record in all competitions: Played 16 – Won 6 – Drawn 4 – Lost 6

By contrast, West Ham’s recent form has left a lot to desire as they’ve only recorded two wins in their last nine games – one of which came in the 1-0 fourth round success away at Bristol City. They edged through their third round replay via a fascinating 9-8 penalty shootout win against Everton.

West Ham’s away record in all competitions: Played 14 – Won 4 – Drawn 6 – Lost 4

These two sides have previously met on eight occasions in FA Cup history with West Ham coming out on top four times to West Brom’s one, with three draws along the way. The last FA Cup clash between them was a third round tie back in January 1993 and the Hammers sealed a 2-0 victory on the same ground that day.

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West Brom will be without Yusef Mulumbu (hamstring) and Jonas Olsson (leg), while Victor Anichebe will face a late fitness test after suffering a groin strain.

West Ham defenders Guy Demel, Winston Reid and James Collins are all unlikely to feature due to injury and Andy Carroll will face a fitness test after picking up an ankle injury at Southampton. Adrian will miss out through suspension.

We’re now reaching the business end of this year’s FA Cup competition and a place in the quarter-final awaits the winners of this one.

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

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

Key Stat: West Ham haven’t lost to a team from the bottom eight in the Premier League table this season. However, this is the FA Cup and anything can happen.

Key Player: Saido Berahino – An obvious choice, but the young Englishman has been a revelation this season and his goals are crucial to this West Brom side.

Score Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 1–1 West Ham United – It should be a tight game that is likely to go to a replay.

Premier League Preview and Prediction: Burnley vs West Bromwich Albion

Premier League: Burnley vs West Brom

Venue: Turf Moor – Sunday, February 8 – 12:00pm

Match Odds: Burnley 7/5 – Draw 21/10 – West Brom 2/1

The start of a three-part Sunday special this weekend sees Burnley play host to Tony Pulis’ West Brom side at Turf Moor with both sides in dire need of a win.

Burnley come into the game off the back of two losses and will be looking to pick up a win against the Baggies, who lay only two spots and two points above them in the Premier League.

This game comes with added importance when you consider that West Brom won the reverse fixture 4-0 back in September and also the fact that the Clarets lost 2-0 at fellow relegation candidates Sunderland last weekend.

Burnley’s home record in the Premier League: Played 12 – Won 3 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

Tony Pulis will be hoping his West Brom side can bounce back from their 3-0 home loss to Tottenham last weekend.

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West Brom had gone two league games without conceding a goal until the visit of Spurs and will be looking to regain the solidarity in defence they were beginning to show.

West Brom’s away record in the Premier League: Played 11 – Won 2 – Drawn 4 – Lost 5

This game should be settled at the other end of the pitch though, with both sides possessing young English strikers who are both knocking on Roy Hodgson’s national team door.

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Danny Ings and Saido Berahino will be looking to impress Roy Hodgson once again, and more importantly add three points to their teams tally as both sides are hoping to remain outside of the bottom three.

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

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

Key Stat: West Brom are without an away win in the Premier League since November 1st – a key reason behind why they are underachieving this season.

Key Player: Danny Ings – Ings was the target for many top-flight clubs this January window, and his stock can only rise further with more stellar displays. Be surprised if he’s not on the scoresheet in this one.

Score Prediction: Burnley 2 – 2 West Bromwich Albion – Points to be shared as neither side will want to lose this one.

MLSGB Premier League Predictions – Gameweek 22

As the transfer window has started to spark up for a few sides, we take a look at this weekends round of fixtures and how each team will fair.

Lewis Addley called four correct results with one correct score in the last edition and this week Jamie Ives will put his brain to the test in trying to predict the results in a crucial weekend of football.

Here’s this week’s Premier League predictions:

Saturday 17th January 2015 (All kick-offs are 15:00 unless otherwise stated)

Aston Villa vs Liverpool

Liverpool have finally gained some momentum in their season with an unbeaten run of five. Aston Villa have a run of their own however, as Paul Lambert’s men are without a win in six. We expect an away win here.

Prediction: 0-2


Burnley vs Crystal Palace

Alan Pardew has kicked off his tenure at Selhurst Park with two wins in two after victories against Dover and Tottenham. He will be wanting to continue this when Palace travel to Turf Moor this weekend. Burnley will not make it easy however, as they haven’t lost in their last three.

Prediction: 1-1


Leicester City vs Stoke City

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Stoke have been the example of inconsistency this season and will be hoping to bounce back from the defeat at the Emirates last weekend, and also to avenge the 1-0 loss they suffered at the hands of their opponents in the reverse fixture. Leicester haven’t lost since Boxing Day.

Prediction: 1-0


Queens Park Rangers vs Manchester United

Without a win in four, QPR will need a solid performance to even earn a point against a United side that will still be licking their wounds from the Southampton game. Can’t see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 1-3


Swansea City vs Chelsea

Without Wilfried Bony, Swansea lack an end product and a presence up front. Chelsea, on the other hand, look primed and ready for a title race. Swansea will be as hard to beat as usual, but I think a draw is the best they can hope for.

Prediction: 1-2


Tottenham Hotspur vs Sunderland

Spurs come off the back of an embarrassing defeat to Crystal Palace last time out and Sunderland have lost three of their last four in the league. Both teams will be hoping to pick up the points here but I think Spurs will be too strong.

Prediction 2-1


Newcastle United vs Southampton (17:30)

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The Saturday evening game sees the seasons surprise package Southampton travel to St. James’ Park. Southampton come off the back of beating United at Old Trafford and so will be full of confidence. Newcastle have recently lost their manager. Hard to see anything but an away win.

Prediction: 0-1


Sunday 18 January 2015

West Ham United vs Hull City (13:30)

West Ham have been brilliant this season and Andy Carroll has given them a huge boost mid-season. Hull have struggled to produce the performances that saw them reach an FA Cup final last season. West Ham look too good to beat at the moment. Home win.

Prediction: 2-0


Manchester City vs Arsenal (16:00)

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The stand out fixture of the weekend sees the champions against Arsenal. The Etihad will play host to the Gunners and with Alexis Sanchez in full flow this game should be entertaining. A repeat of the reverse fixture would be perfect. Score draw for us.

Prediction: 2-2


Monday 19 January 2015 (20:00)

Everton vs West Brom

Both teams with struggles, and Everton look like an entirely different side from the side that finished fifth last season. Tony Pulis will have his West Brom side set up strong and they will be hard to beat. A draw wouldn’t be a bad result for either. But I think Everton will turn things around.

Prediction: 2-1


How do you think gameweek 22 will shape up in the Premier League?