Aston Villa (4-3-3): Guzan, Bacuna, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand, El Ahmadi, Westwood, Delph, Weimann, Benteke, Agbonlahor
Gabriel Agbonlahor is a doubt after limping off in their 2-2 draw with Liverpool but if fit will start to support Christian Benteke and Andreas Weimann. Benteke will look to continue his mini goal-scoring run, after notching in his previous two games.
West Bromwich Albion (4-3-3): Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Anelka, Anichebe, Brunt
New manager Pepe Mel will have to decide whether he will field Nicholas Anelka, who is currently involved in a dispute with the FA over his ‘quenelle’ goal celebration. Ex-Everton striker Victor Anichebe will lead the line, with Chris Brunt pushed to a more forward role to support him.
Prediction: Aston Villa 1-0 West Brom
— Sammy T. (@sammytkamau) January 29, 2014
Who’s ready for a DERBY?!?! ASTON VILLA to crush West Brom tomorrow night! GO VILLANS!!!!!
— Curtis Mock (@68scooby) January 29, 2014
it is officially Wednesday and the day of Aston Villa vs West Brom…. come on you baggies! #SOTV
— Lee Price (@lee_price17) January 29, 2014
Classic highlights from West Brom vs Aston Villa back in the 1982-83 season.
It is hard to look past Christian Benteke for this fixture. The powerful Belgian is getting back on form after scoring two in his last two appearances and will look to come close to the 19 goals he bagged last season.
Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion: An Alternative Preview
Aston Villa have committed more fouls than any other team in the Barclays Premier League (294).
West Brom have conceded a higher proportion of long range goals (28%) than any other side this season in the Barclays Premier League.
55% of the goals Aston Villa have conceded this season have been shipped in the first half; the highest proportion in the league this season.
Villa have scored just eight goals at Villa Park this season, fewer than any other team on home soil in the top flight.
Despite thrashing Sunderland 6-1 last season, Aston Villa have only scored 31 goals in 30 Premier League home games under Paul Lambert.
WBA have won only eight of 36 midlands derby games in Premier League history (D14 L14).
Villa have only lost six of 29 second city derbies (Villa, WBA, Birmingham) in the Premier League.
Aston Villa have currently won 299 Barclays Premier League games.
Christian Benteke has scored in consecutive PL appearances after going 11 Premier League game without one.
15 different players have been given 6+ yellow cards in the Premier League this season – three play for Aston Villa (Agbonlahor, Delph, Clark) and two for WBA (Mulumbu and Olsson).