2020-21 Premier League: Week 14 – West Brom vs Aston Villa

West Bromwich Albion welcome Aston Villa to The Hawthorns in a blockbuster West-Midlands derby to conclude Super Sunday as Sam Allardyce takes charge of the Baggies for the first time. 

West Brom can move closer towards safety with victory but will stay 19th by virtue of their poor goal difference, whereas Villa could go ninth with a win.

 

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Hal Robson-Kanu could return for West Brom after missing eight of their last nine matches with an arm then wrist injury either side of a substitute appearance at Manchester United last month.

Sam Field (knee) is also in contention to feature but Matheus Pereira (suspension), Kyle Bartley (calf) and Conor Townsend (knee).

Aston Villa are set to welcome Douglas Luiz and Matty Cash back from suspension after the pair sat out Thursday’s goalless draw against Burnley.

Ezri Konsa (illness) and Ross Barkley (hamstring) are also set to feature if pass late fitness tests but Wesley (knee) and Trezeguet (hamstring) are sidelined.

 

Stat Attack

  • West Brom have lost just one of their last six meetings against Aston Villa, including 2018-19 Championship Play-Offs (W2, D3, L1).
  • Villa are winless in their last eight trips to The Hawthorns (D6, L2).
  • West Brom missed their only previous penalty in 20 previous Premier League meetings against Villa, who have scored all three of their spot-kicks.
  • Semi Ajayi has produced the most passes out of all West Brom players this season, making 471 passes in 12 league appearances.
  • No team has kept more clean sheets this season than Villa, who have achieved six shutouts in 12 league matches since September.

 

Prediction

With Allardyce now in charge, this is a huge match for the Baggies in terms of impressing their new boss whilst enabling him to see their best aspects from which they can build on, utilising their fighting spirit which was evident in Tuesday’s draw at Manchester City despite doing most of defending.

Aston Villa meanwhile were their usual attacking selves against Burnley but ultimately lacked the clinical edge needed to beat an in-form Nick Pope as both teams failed to score, which is a slight worry given that West Brom’s Sam Johnstone is also in top goalkeeping form.

This therefore could well be a tight contest with West-Midlands pride at stake here plus Villa did defeat Wolves last weekend in their local derby, so the visitors will have strong confidence here but if the Baggies can get an instant new manager bounce then they could edge this.

Prediction: WBA 1-1 Aston Villa

Result: WBA 0-3 Aston Villa

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