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West Bromwich Albion FC vs Aston Villa FC, free match prediction 21 Dec 2020

21 Dec 2020 | 00:45 | West Bromwich, The Hawthorns
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West Brom welcome new manager Allardyce as they take on Villa in West Midlands derby

  • West Brom replaced Bilic with Allardyce after the draw with City in midweek
  • The Baggies sit 19th and need a sharp turnaround in form
  • Aston Villa have been unpredictable but have games in hand

West Brom 1-1 Aston Villa

  • Tournament: Premier League 2020-2021
  • Venue: West Bromwich, The Hawthorns

WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC vs ASTON VILLA FC Match Preview & Analysis

The middle of last week saw the departure of the first Premier League manager of the season. 

Slaven Bilic paid the price for a poor start to the season and, even though his side earned a point against Manchester City, lost his job after just seven points from 39 available so far.

In comes Sam Allardyce then, well known to the Premier League, especially to those teams struggling near the bottom of the table. He is a specialist at turning poor sides into decent ones and The Baggies will hope he can save their season.

Aston Villa continue to be unpredictable in their performances, often brilliant though sometimes a little naïve in their play. 

By the time this fixture comes around, Villa will have three matches in hand over most teams who play earlier in the weekend. Win all of those and they’d go 2nd, but they face a tough fixture here, first of all.

Teams Preview

West Bromwich Albion FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): LWLLD

Reasons to be cheerful:

     New manager coming in will provide boost

     Deserved their point against Manchester City

Reasons to be fearful:

     Have much to improve upon to climb out of bottom three

     Villa have been the much better of the two this season

So, he’s back again – the man who many struggling teams bring in to save their season by hauling the players up by the bootstraps and demanding an instant response.

In fairness, it usually works. He’s won five of his six opening matches as a Premier League manager in the past. He’s well known for improving the players he has within his squad, as well as making his teams tougher to play against.

West Brom could use it – they’ve conceded the highest number of goals in the league, with only two teams scoring fewer too. 

With the players he has, Allardyce is unlikely to help his team score more, but he’ll certainly improve the number of goals they are conceding.

Star Man – Sam Johnstone

Had an unbelievable night in goal against City in midweek. He can help them be more solid at the back.


Aston Villa FC Preview

Form Guide (all comps): WLLWD

Reasons to be cheerful

     Won four out of five away games this season

     Kept a league-high six clean sheets

Reasons to be fearful 

     Unpredictable nature has seen them lose four matches

     Just one win from four

With new West Brom manager Sam Allardyce possessing such a strong record for his first matches in charge, Aston Villa are a tad unlucky that they are the first side The Baggies face since his appointment.

Regardless, Villa will still be confident of getting the job done, especially considering their strong away performances this season. 

They have been without several key players over the past couple of weeks, though the likes of Ross Barkley, Matty Cash and Douglas Luiz could all return to boost the quality in Dean Smith’s side.

Villa will find it tough to play against West Brom this weekend, but they have shown themselves to have an extra layer of quality compared with last season.

Star Man – Ross Barkley

Has been terrific since joining, scoring twice, and assisting once in six matches. His return from injury will be welcome.

WEST BROMWICH ALBION FC vs ASTON VILLA FC Winning Prediction

     Could be a tight fixture

     Villa slight favourites based on form

     Expect an improvement from West Brom

West Brom fully deserved their point against Manchester City and with a new manager, you could expect further improvements from them.

However, Aston Villa have been a great team at times this season, playing with real freedom and some added quality which has helped them beat the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal.

It’ll be a tight fixture which could end up all square.


West Brom 1-1 Aston Villa

Author: Ross B.