Another west Midlands derby for the Baggies, who enter this game fresh from a 2-0 win over arch-rivals Wolves after goals from Chris Brunt and Peter Odemwingie gave them a priceless victory.
Roy Hodgson’s side are up to 12th in the table and they can go level with their opponents by winning at Villa Park, with bet365 (£200 free bets) offering 3/1 about the visitors celebrating back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
West Brom have already won at Norwich this term and also stormed into a 2-0 lead at Sunderland before being pegged back straight away. There is lots to like about the forward play of Odemwingie and Shane Long, with the latter on offer at a stand-out 9/1 with Blue Square.
It is still difficult to know what to make of Aston Villa, who conceded far too easily against a weakened Manchester City team last weekend to lose the game 4-1. This brought an end to the Villans’ unbeaten record in the Premier League, although they had drawn five of their previous seven.
Therefore, Alex McLeish’s side certainly don’t have a winning habit and it is debatable as to whether even money (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) represents good value, even if they did prove too strong for Wigan in their last home game.
Like West Brom, the Villa have a front two that should prove to be a real handful, with Darren Bent and Gabby Agbonlahor hoping to sufficiently impress so that they can stake a claim to make the England squad in Euro 2012.
Since beating Blackburn in August by a 3-1 scoreline, all of Aston Villa’s home matches have featured two goals or less and there is no reason to see this changing on Saturday, with Under 2.5 Goals on offer at 10/11.