Aston Villa v West Brom latest odds, news and free bets

How about a west Midlands derby to brighten up a gloomy Sunday afternoon? There was a time when Aston Villa were the best team in the middle of England, although the Villans are once against struggling for points this season

Paul Lambert has seen his team take just four points from an opening five matches although Wednesday night’s 4-2 win at Manchester City in the League Cup was richly-deserved and the Scot will hope that acts as a turning point in the season.

Aston Villa are 6/4 with Paddy Power to claim three valuable points, with Gabby Agbonlahor scoring twice at the Etihad Stadium and he can be backed at 15/2 (Stan James) to score first in this match, while Darren Bent is a 6/1 chance.

Nevertheless, West Brom are sitting in fourth place after a very strong start to the season which has seen the Baggies win all three of their home games and also pick up a valuable point at White Hart Lane which means they will approach this match with confidence.

Steve Clarke’s team are a 2/1 chance (bet365 £200 free bets) to win at Villa Park thus delighting the thousands of supporters that make the short journey to the ground, with several first-team players set to return after being rested for that Carling Cup defeat against Liverpool.

A draw won’t be a bad result for Albion who will look to improve on their last away performance which saw Fulham win 3-0 at Craven Cottage although the mitigating circumstances is that Peter Odemwingie saw red in the first half.

You can get 12/5 about this match finishing all square and we are expecting a low-scoring affair that could well finish goalless.


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