Aston Villa have lost just one of their last seven Premier League games against West Brom ahead of Saturday’s latest clash at Villa Park.
Aston Villa will assee Idrissa Gueye’s hamstring injury on Friday after he missed the defeat at Leicester last weekend with a hamstring injury. Adama Traore and Carles Gil aare also fitness concerns for the Villans, but Tim Sherwood revealed earlier this week that Jose Angel Crespo is close to making his first competitive appearance of the season.
On-loan Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori is not yet ready for first-team action, however, according to Sherwood.
West Brom, meanwhile, look set to hand a first start to Saido Berahino since his transfer request. Jonny Evans should also be fit to start for Albion despite being substituted with cramp against Southampton last weekend.
- Aston Villa have won two of their last three Premier League games against West Brom and have lost just one of their last seven against them (W2 D4 L1).
- At Villa Park, both sides have scored in all but one of their nine Premier League meetings (0-0 in April 2006).
- Three red cards were shown in the three meetings between the two sides last season – Jack Grealish and Claudio Yacob in the FA Cup at Villa Park, and Kieran Richardson in the Premier League at The Hawthorns.
- West Brom have lost just one of their last six Premier League matches on the road (W3 D2 L1) keeping four clean sheets in that run.
- However, only Coventry (1.02) and Wolves (0.96) have accrued fewer points per game on average in Premier League Midlands’ derbies than the Baggies (1.11). Villa are top with 1.63 per derby game.
- Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored more goals in this Premier League fixture than other any player (four goals).
- Rickie Lambert has scored four goals in six Premier League appearances against the Villans.
- Aston Villa have won just one and lost five of their last seven Premier League matches.
- West Brom have the lowest shooting accuracy in the Premier League this season, hitting the target with just 34% of their attempts.
- West Brom have had the oldest starting XI on average this season in the Premier League (29y 206d).