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Aston Villa vs. West Brom

Villa Park

10 January 2009

12.45pm

On Sky

Aston Villa v West Brom

Before Albion's demise in the 80's this was the big game for all Baggies fans and for many it is still the fixture that they would most like to win, ahead of any game against fake Black Country rivals Wolves.

Villa fans will go into the game feeling hugely confident and no doubt expecting a win following their earlier defeat of Albion at the Hawthorns. The 2-1 in the reverse fixture was mainly down to West Brom's inability to defend against big John Carew and then being unable to score more than one goal in a game. However, things have changed since then, Carew is not fit for the game and the Baggies' strikers have all found the net recently and managed to score twice against Spurs and Man City. Another thing to consider is that the Villa team, despite its lofty position, is starting to show signs of cracking, niggling injuries are creeping in and their last two performances have been far from impressive. So there is a little hope.

Vital Quotes:

There is so much rubbish spoken about these games, Curtis Davies you stand accused, that this week we will let the players do the talking on the pitch.

Aston Villa Team News:

Villa have doubts still over Barry but he is likely to start and Agbhonlahor will no doubt have recovered from his cold. Laursen and Cuellar probably won't be able to make it so Curtis Davies and Zat Knight will again be partnered at centre of defence.

Villa (from): Friedel, Guzan, Reo-Coker, Cuellar, Knight, Davies, Laursen, L Young, Shorey, Milner, Gardner, Petrov, Sidwell, Barry, A Young, Osbourne, Salifou, Agbonlahor, Delfouneso, Harewood.

Player to watch: Ashley Young

Ashley Young's pace and deadball delivery can create problems for any team and the Albion defence will have to be careful not to give him the opportunity to take a fall in and around the area.

West Brom Team News:

West Brom will again be without long term absentees Neil Clement and Ishmael Miller whilst Meite again misses the Midlands derby.
On the positive side Zuiverloon, Morrison and Teixeira are all in contention again.

Baggies (from): Carson, Barnett, Olsson, Cech, Valero, Greening, Brunt, Moore, Bednar, Simpson, Robinson, Koren, Dorrans, Hoeskens, Beattie, Kiely, Do-Heon Kim, Morrison, Zuiverloon, Teixeira, Donk.



Player to watch: Luke Moore

Surely this is the stage for Luke Moore to make himself a hero amongst the Albion fans.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

The heart says a Baggies win and the head says a loss so 1-1 is the prediction.

Next Fixtures:

Middlesbrough visit the Hawthorns on 17 January.




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The Journalist

Writer: Lord Shepherd Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Saturday January 10 2009

Time: 10:49AM

Your Comments

Well this is the sort of game which decides whether teams get into Europe -- or get relegated. Villa road their luck for much of the game. West brom were actually looking good for a result before the first goal, which was I think against the run of play. The goal even came from your former player Davies -- and the second was basically a goalie gaffe. Even then you Baggies managed to pull a goal back... You shouldn't be too hard on Carson, though that sort of thing can and does happen to all goalies occasionally.
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