League table rivals Aston Villa and West Brom will meet on Saturday for what is sure to be a West Midlands derby thriller.
Despite currently being sat a place behind Villa, the Baggies are odds on to win on Saturday at the Hawthorns, priced at 6/5.
After a tough game against Spurs last weekend that ended in a draw West Brom may well fancy their chances against Villa, and having lost only once in the last eight games since he has been in charge, Roy Hodgson will hope his team can make the most of the home advantage.
The manager said this week that he was impressed with the performance of Gonzalo Jara, who came on in the second half last week for the injured Steven Reid, and the young Chilean may get a run out this weekend.
Gerard Houllier is set to leave hospital within the next 24 hours, but assistant gaffer Gary McAllister will take the reins for Villa’s game this weekend.
The number two spoke this week about his confidence in the team based on their solid record against West Brom and priced at 21/10 to win a stake on Villa could see decent winnings if they can continue the respectable run of form they’ve shown in the last few games.
Although both managers have talked the game up, as you might expect, the odds on a draw are 9/4 suggesting a stalemate might be on the cards.
West Brom’s in-form striker Peter Odemwingie is on at 9/2 to open the scoring for his side and after securing his 13th for the side last week he seems like a good bet to find the net again.
Darren Bent is of course odds on to score for Villa, but Gabriel Agbonlahor and Emile Heskey, both priced at 21/10 to score during play, would bring you £31 from a £10 stake.
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