West Brom vs Aston Villa: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview
Sam Allardyce begins his reign as West Brom manager with a West Midlands derby against Aston Villa on Sunday at 7:15 PM (UK time).
West Brom vs Aston Villa: Predictions
Allardyce was the surprise appointment after Slaven Bilic was relieved of his duties earlier this week. Despite earning the Baggies’ promotion back to the top flight, the Croatian was only able to deliver seven points from their opening 13 games, leaving them down in 19th.
This is the 10th club that has offered Allardyce a permanent role and his task now will be to shore up a West Brom defence which has conceded more goals (26) than any other side in the Premier League this term.
They host an Aston Villa team enduring some patchy form following their impressive start to 2020/21. Dean Smith’s men won each of their first four Premier League games of the new campaign but in the seven matches since, have tasted victory just twice, slipping to 11th in the table.
That said, Villa have taken four points from their last two games without conceding a goal, so should make the short trip to the Hawthorns with plenty of confidence.
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West Brom vs Aston Villa: Match Stats
West Brom have the lowest expected goals (xG) total in the Premier League this season (7.5), while they have also conceded the highest number of goals (26) in the division.
Allardyce has only lost his first Premier League game in charge of a team on one occasion (W5 D1 L1), losing with Sunderland in October 2015 (0-1 v West Brom).
Aston Villa have won four of their first five away Premier League games this season, as many as they had in their previous 42 on the road in the competition (W4 D8 L30).
West Brom vs Aston Villa: Squawka Says
Scoreline prediction: West Brom 0-1 Aston Villa
West Brom vs Aston Villa: Head to Head
14 May 2019 – West Brom 1-0 Aston Villa (Championship Play-offs)
11 May 2019 – Aston Villa 2-1 West Brom (Championship Play-offs)
16 February 2019 – Aston Villa 0-2 West Brom (Championship)
07 December 2018 – West Brom 2-2 Aston Villa (Championship)
23 January 2018 – West Brom 0-0 Aston Villa
West Brom have lost just one of their last six West Midlands derbies, although that came in the first leg of their Championship Play-off semi-final in May 2019. In the Premier League, the Baggies have only lost two of their last 11 meetings with Aston Villa.