The West Midlands derby returns for its 141st league instalment as Aston Villa make the short trip across the Second City to face West Brom on Saturday 13th December.
The match is historically a cagey affair, with the last eight matches at The Hawthorns either ending in a draw or a win by a one goal margin.
Four of the last five games between the sides have finished in draws including the last three at The Hawthorns, suggesting that fans heading to this game can expect to chew their fingernails to the bone as they watch a tense matchup.
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West Brom were left ruing their luck last season as they blew a two goal lead given to them by Shane Long. Long scored twice in the first 11 minutes as the Baggies looked to be in an unassailable position at 2-0 at half time.
However, goals from Karim El Ahmadi and Ashley Westwood sealed a Villa comeback and they salvaged a point from the game. That meant that West Brom have still won only once against Aston Villa at home since 1985.
That one victory game in 2011 when goals from Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu giving West Brom a 2-1 win.
As you would expect then, Aston Villa hold the advantage when it comes to overall head-to-head meetings with their 75 wins trumping the 52 of West Brom.
The meticulous punters among you will be interested to know that 7 of the last 15 fixtures between these sides has finished in a 2-1 scoreline. Out of the remaining 8 fixtures, 7 have finished in draws with Villa’s 4-3 victory in January breaking that sequence.
You can then get a good indication of what path this game will go down. Villa’s decline out of the top 6 following the departure of Martin O’Neill and West Brom’s establishment as a stable Premier League side mean that these clubs are more even than ever.
Another nerve jangler is in store this December in what has become one of the most hotly contested fixtures in English football.
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