Author: Tony MacDonald
West Bromwich Albion
Published: 15:30 01/12/2014
There's no love lost when West Brom play Aston Villa and there's nothing like getting one over on your local rivals. Freebets.com looks at the best three results for the Baggies against the Villans in the Premier League.
Derby day brings about that unique opportunity to get the bragging rights and with Albion finishing above their nearest rivals for the second season in a row, the Midlands Derby clashes with Aston Villa are becoming more and more intense.
3. West Brom 2 - 2 Aston Villa - January 19th 2013
A proverbial game of two halves at the Hawthorns saw the Baggies come from two goals down to deny a struggling Villa side a much needed three points and keep them in a relegation dogfight.
Christian Benteke made it the worst possible start for West Brom when firing the visitors ahead, before Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled the lead with a composed finish. But Steve Clarke's half-time team talk worked wonders as Chris Brunt squeezed a goal in-off the post to spark a comeback moments after the restart.
It was nervous viewing for the next half hour as West Brom went in search of an equaliser, with Villa a constant threat on the break. Peter Odemwingie hadn't scored in over 15 hours of football and it looked like being another bad day at the office for the Nigerian when he spurned two good chances, but he couldn't miss from six yards following a Gareth McAuley knock-down following a corner.
2. Aston Villa 1 - 2 West Brom - October 22nd 2011
Victory over your local rivals tastes sweeter still when it's in their own back yard and Baggies fans who made the trip to Villa Park for this one will have had an afternoon to remember.
Villa had started the game brightly and were doing the pressing when Gabriel Agbonlahor drew a foul from Ben Foster in the area. Darren Bent stepped up to take the resulting penalty and sent Foster the wrong way to give the home side a 1-0 lead on 23 minutes.
West Brom had a penalty of their own moments later when Jonas Olsson and Chris Herd tussled off the ball at a free-kick, resulting in the latter getting his marching orders. Usually reliable from 12 yards, Chris Brunt's penalty was a shocker and ended up miles off target as the traveling baggies feared it was going to be one of those days.
Albion made their numerical advantage count though, and went in level at half-time thanks to a powerful Olsson header from a Brunt corner. After doing most of the pressing following the break Paul Scharner lashed in an acrobatic left-footed shot off the underside of the bar to send the away fans into raputures as West Brom recorded their first win at Villa Park since 1979.
1. West Brom 2 - 1 Aston Villa - April 30th 2011
After more than quarter of a century without beating Aston Villa, things looked to be going wrong for the Baggies once again when Abdoulaye Meite sliced a Stewart Downing cross into his own net in the fourth minute.
But West Brom, then managed by current England boss Roy Hodgson, had been on an incredible run and would not go down without a fight. Jonas Olsson nodded a James Morrison cross back across goal and Peter Odemwingie volleyed home a close-range equaliser on the hour mark, but moments later Paul Scharner picked up a second booking and was duly sent off.
Scott Carson then found himself under seige for much of the remainder as Aston Villa looked to make their numerical advantage count, but he was up to the task and pulled off a number of saves to keep his side in the game. Then, with just six minutes to play a previously nervous and subdued Hawthorns crowd erupted in celebration as Youssuf Mulumbu spun away from Ciaran Clark in the box and lifted the ball over Brad Friedel to end West Brom's 26-year wait for a win against Villa.
The result took West Brom above their three West Midlands rivals in the Premier League table and all but confirmed their top-flight status, a far cry from when Hodgson had taken over 10 games earlier with Albion deep in the relegation mire.
So that's our take on West Brom's best three Premier League results against Aston Villa and we hope it has sparked some fond memories. Feel free to leave a comment below and let us know what your favourite Midlands Derby clash was.