Kick-off: 1900, 25/04/2021
Stadium: Villa Park
TV: BT Sport
Aston Villa are expected to send West Brom ever closer to relegation from the Premier League by winning Sunday’s Midlands derby.
Albion’s brief glimmer of hope faded away with Thursday’s emphatic loss at Leicester and that may just have knocked the stuffing out of the Baggies.
We’re happy to take 20/23 for a home victory as our first Aston Villa vs West Brom prediction.
A Look At Aston Villa’s Betting Odds
Villa’s early-season challenge for a place in Europe has also evaporated but the mid-table outfit are still showing plenty of spirit.
Dean Smith’s side were competitive in back-to-back 2-1 defeats by Liverpool and Manchester City, hitting the front on both occasions.
They had previously accounted for third-from-bottom Fulham at this venue, producing a late flourish to prevail 3-1.
Ollie Watkins netted in that triumph and has enjoyed an excellent first season at the club since joining from Brentford for £28million.
The 25-year-old has hit the target 12 times in top-flight fixtures and twice in cup matches, as well as scoring on his England debut versus San Marino.
Simth beamed: “I feel we have one of the best runners in the Premier League, in Ollie Watkins going in behind.”
Looking at the Aston Villa vs West Brom odds, we feel Watkins is a worthy 10/3 favourite to break the deadlock here.
Last Villa line-up: Martinez, Cash, Konsa, Mings, Targett, Luiz, McGinn, Nakamba, Ramsey, Watkins, Traore.
A Look At West Bromwich Albion’s Betting Odds
West Brom flirted with a great escape by beating Chelsea and Southampton but were brought back down to earth when thumped 3-0 at Leicester.
Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho did the damage early on at King Power Stadium, leaving Albion effectively 10 points from safety with just six games left to play.
Matheus Pereira’s corner bounced off the top of the bar, but the Baggies never threatened a comeback.
“The game was beyond us (at half-time) and we had to make sure we shut the back door,” admitted Sam Allardyce.
“It was disappointing for us, but we have to bounce back from this and do our best.”
West Brom were also beaten 3-0 when hosting Villa at The Hawthorns just before Christmas in Allardyce’s opening match and are backed to struggle in the reverse fixture.
Let’s go with 9/4 for Albion to lose by more than one clear goal to finish off our Aston Villa vs West Brom betting tips.
Last West Brom line-up: Johnstone, Furlong, Bartley, Townsend, O’Shea, Phillips, Maitland-Niles, Yokuslu, Robinson, Pereira, Diagne.
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