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- Aston Villa beat WBA 3-0 when the teams last met in December.
- West Brom have lost five of their last seven Premier League away matches.
Villa hoping for more derby day success
Aston Villa could do with a pick-me-up following a rotten run of results, and a derby-day victory over West Midlands rivals West Brom on Sunday would provide just the tonic they need.
The Villains lost for the third time in four league assignments on Wednesday when they were toppled at home by champions-elect Manchester City despite racing into a lead inside the first minute.
Dean Smith’s men have now won only twice in their last ten attempts in the Premier League, and having flirted with continental qualification earlier in the campaign, a disappointing bottom-half finish looks likelier instead.
Relegation looms for Baggies
West Brom’s return to the Championship was all but sealed on Thursday when the Baggies limped to a hugely disappointing 3-0 reverse at Leicester City.
WBA never really got going at the King Power Stadium and their convincing defeat leaves Albion needing a miracle that even survival specialist Sam Allardyce will struggle to deliver.
Back Villa to complete the double
West Brom’s loss at Leicester on Thursday will have knocked the stuffing out of the Baggies, and Albion will likely be low in confidence in low on energy when they cross the Midlands to take on Villa just three days later.
Aston Villa have been struggling for victories, though their 3-1 win over relegation candidates Fulham at the start of April showed that they have the ability to make their superior quality count against the division’s lesser lights.
Villa beat WBA 3-0 in the reverse fixture back in December, and though any win is unlikely to be as emphatic this time around, the Villains are still worth backing to complete a derby double over their neighbours, while our 2-1 correct score prediction tips Villa to emerge with the points by the odd goal in three.
The host’s lost by that scoreline in each of their last two outings, but they can reverse that trend against an Albion outfit that has conceded exactly twice in five of their last eight away assignments.
- West Brom’s last three games have produced 13 goals with all going over 2.5.
- Both teams have scored in four of Aston Villa’s last five Premier League games.
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