To be played on Tuesday 3rd March 2015 at 19:45. Venue: Villa Park, Birmingham
Odds: Aston Villa 7/5, Draw 11/5, West Brom 2/1
Aston Villa welcome West Bromwich Albion to Villa Park on Tuesday evening with Tim Sherwood’s side in desperate need of three points.
The Villans lost 1-0 to Newcastle United at the weekend to leave them embroiled in a relegation scrap that shows no signs of easing.
After three games in the hot-seat Sherwood has overseen just one victory, losing both his league matches to date.
Thankfully for Villa they are anything but cut adrift, with only goal-difference keeping them from safety for now. But they cannot keep relying on other sides to do them a favour and Queens Park Rangers’ game-in-hand means they could soon be three points clear of safety with time running out.
West Brom on the other hand are enjoying a wonderful time under the stewardship of their own recently-appointed boss.
Tony Pulis has done what he tends to do wherever he goes, stabilising the club and helping them climb up the table to their relatively healthy position of 13th.
The Baggies have lost just once in their last eight league matches and Villa will have to be at their best to beat them this week.
In early team news, Villa are definitely without Kieran Richardson, Libor Kozak and Chris Herd, while Philippe Senderson only has a 25 per cent chance of recovering from a calf injury.
Aly Cissoko is also a major doubt although Nathan Baker should be back in contention.
West Brom are without Victor Anichebe while they have minor doubts over two other strikers, with Saido Berahino (foot) and Brown Ideye (knock) both rated at 75 per cent to feature on Tuesday.
- Brad Guzan
- Ciaran Clark
- Alan Hutton
- Matthew Lowton
- Jores Okore
- Carles Gil
- Tom Cleverley
- Fabian Delph
- Ashley Westwood
- Gabriel Agbonlahor
- Christian Benteke
- Ben Foster
- Craig Dawson
- Joleon Lescott
- Gareth McAuley
- Chris Brunt
- Darren Fletcher
- Craig Gardner
- James Morrison
- Claudio Yacob
- Saido Berahino
- Brown Ideye
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