Aston Villa v West Brom – Match Preview

Paul Lambert, Aston Villa

Aston Villa will be hoping to find some consistency when they welcome West Brom to Villa Park on Sunday.

Paul Lambert thought his side were beginning a resurgence following their victory over Swansea two weeks ago, but last weekends miserable 4-1 defeat to Southampton took them back to square one.

Yet they bounced back in remarkable fashion, knocking champions Manchester City out of the Capital One Cup in midweek, winning 4-2 at the Ethihad.

West Brom arrive at Villa Park on the back of a 2-1 defeat to Liverpool in the same competiton, but Steve Clarke has enjoyed a good start to Premier League management, with the Baggies picking up 10 points from their opening five games – their best ever Premier League start.

Aston Villa winger Brett Holman has recovered from a knee injury after missing the win at Manchester City, but midfielder Stephen Ireland is again ruled out with the cracked bone in his wrist suffered at Southampton.

Steve Clarke is facing a full back crisis, after Liam Ridgwell limped out of the defeat to Liverpool in midweek.

It leaves┬áBilly Jones as the only fully fit full-back available to face Paul Lambert’s side, with Steven Reid (hamstring) and Goron Popov (groin) both out of action.

Prediction: Aston Villa 1-1 West Brom