Another weekend of Sky Bet Championship action kicks off with a West Midlands derby at The Hawthorns as West Bromwich Albion meet Aston Villa. 

 

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Hal Robson-Kanu faces a late fitness test after being subbed on Monday against Brentford. 

Bakary Sako could also feature after recovering from a minor injury but defender, Kyle Bartley is still not fully match fit although is expected to return in time for the festive period. 

Aston Villa are without midfielder, Henri Lansbury as he continues to recover from a hamstring injury. 

Albert Adomah is unlikely to feature as he nears a return from ankle injury, whilst Birkir Bjarnason has resumed training after groin surgery.  

 

Form

West Brom are unbeaten in their last four league games despite conceding in each of those matches. 

On loan Leicester striker, Harvey Barnes is their top scorer from this run with three goals in four matches. 

Aston Villa meanwhile are flying with 13 points from their last five, having initially won just one of their three opening matches under Dean Smith. 

Away from Villa Park under Smith, the Villains have scored three goals in each of their last two after conceding three across their first two away games. 

 

Stat Attack

  • West Brom are unbeaten in three of last five meetings with Aston Villa (W2, D1, L1). 
  • At home, West Brom have drawn four of their last five meetings with Villa (W1, D4). 
  • Only one of last five meetings has seen both teams score. 
  • Tammy Abraham has scored in each of Aston Villa’s last two away games. 

 

Prediction

This should be a good match between two teams who are capable of scoring plenty, and with habit of drawing here at The Hawthorns, I am going for a draw. 

Prediction: West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Aston Villa 

Result: West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Aston Villa 

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