Aston Villa vs West Brom (By: Shibby)

Championship action for me in a game that will be played at Villa Park and will kick off at 12:30 UK Time. The game will be played between Aston Villa and local rivals West Brom. This is a play off semi final game (first leg).

The game is a local derby as well an important play off semi final game. It's very important for the home side as they know the second leg will be played away from home so it's vital for me that they take a lead into this game. I think Aston Villa will set up to wow West Brom and really go at them. I think the visitors will set up to not concede and try and take a draw back to their place.

Villa for me have the best squad in the league and should have really pushed more for a top 2 spot. However, they started the season pretty poorly. their form of late has been incredible and they head into the game today with just 1 defeat in their last 13 games. They've drawn 2 of them and lost just the 1 vs Norwich on the last game of the season vs Champions Norwich. the game was a pointless one for Villa as their starting XI suggested. They rested a few key players and Norwich needed to win to ensure they went us as champions.

The last time these two played was actually at Villa Park earlier in the season, Villa will be after revenge as West Brom beat them 2-0 here. Dean Smith and his side broke a new record after winning 10 games in a row, so they will be high on confidence. Villa are almost back to full strength. Grealish, Mings, El Ghazi and McGinn were all rested and should be back available. Also, the leagues top scorer Tammy Abraham is back from a shoulder injury and could start.

The visitors still don't have a permanent manager as Jimmy Shan is still managing games, there is no real pressure on him. West Brom have a few injuries still, Villa legend Gareth Barry is still unavailable. I still expect Gayle and Rodriguez to start up top. I just don't fancy the likes of Bartley keeping the attackers out.

West Brom played a full side vs Derby on the last game of the season and the game still ended in favour of Derby. They needed to win to ensure they were in the play off places. This game showed me how easy West Brom are to concede goals. I think Villa in-front of their home fans will be really up for this. I expect them to want to take a 1-0 or 2-0 win into the second leg so think they need to really attack.

I'll be backing Aston Villa to win at a good price of 1.95 with Bet365. Good luck all.

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Aston Villa vs West Brom predictions

Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
1 Bet365 1.95 8 2-1 WON (+7.6 units)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
Aston Villa vs West Brom betting preview represents the personal opinion of the author (Shibby).
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