Mark Lawrenson predicts Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson looks ahead to today’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.

Mark Lawrenson has predicted in his BBC Sport column that today’s Premier League clash between Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion will end in a 1-1 draw.

The former Liverpool defender believes that the game at Villa Park will be tight, and that the points will be shared.

“These two teams play each other again in the FA Cup at the weekend, something that seems to happen a lot,” the 57-year-old wrote on BBC Sport.

“That game will probably bear little relation to this one, in which I see the points being shared.

“If I'm right, that would be more good news for Baggies boss Tony Pulis and - again - not great for Sherwood.”

Could Mark Lawrenson’s prediction come true?

Villa have lost both their games under new manager Tim Sherwood and are currently second from bottom in the Premier League table.

The Villans are in truly wretched form at the moment, having lost seven league matches in a row - their worst run for 52 years. Moreover, Villa have gone 12 Premier League games without a win.

In contrast, West Brom have moved out of relegation worries and are now aiming to break into the top 10.

Tony Pulis’s side have lost only once in their last eight league games and are eight points clear of the bottom three.

Defensively the Baggies have also looked strong, and they will probably be favourites to win today.

However, Villa have shown a sign or two of improvement under Sherwood in the last two matches and are playing with more determination.

Playing at home will also give the Villans an edge, and one suspects that Sherwood will have made it clear to the players that they need to step up.

The first goal will be key. If West Brom score first, then it will be very difficult for the Villans to win.

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