West Brom v Aston Villa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 14/05/19
Tom Beresford (tomsportsjourno) previews West Brom v Aston Villa and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Championship play-off semi-final second-leg clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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West Brom v Aston Villa Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 14/05/19
- Time: 20:00
- Venue: The Hawthorns
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
As West Brom and Aston Villa battle it out for place at Wembley, it’s Dean Smith’s side that have the upper hand heading into Tuesday nights clash at The Hawthorns.
In the first leg at Villa Park, West Brom got off to a great start as Dwight Gayle got the visitors off to a great start as he found the net after 15 minutes, a goal which came completely against the run of play.
But, Villa regrouped well, and turned the tie on it’s head in a fantastic two-minute spell. Villa’s start man, Jack Grealish played a part in both of Villa’s goals. Grealish nipped his way through the West Brom back line before picking out Conor Hourihane who lashed the ball home.
Tammy Abraham sealed the win from the penalty spot as Grealish was brought down in the box. West Brom will crucially be without their talisman Dwight Gayle, who was sent off just two minutes from the end of Saturday’s clash.
Tammy Abraham has been in excellent form as of late, and he’s only failed to score once in Villa’s last six matches.
West Brom have scored at least twice in each of their last five matches at The Hawthorns, and although they’re without Dwight Gayle, ‘The Baggies’ will certainly fancy their chances of making it through to Wembley.
West Brom are without their top scorer Dwight Gayle, but Jay Rodriguez will lead the attack, and notably, Rodriguez has scored in three of West Brom’s last four home games.
Villa are expected to remain unchanged from Saturday’s win at Villa Park, although Conor Hourihane could start.
Potential West Brom Starting XI: Johnstone, Dawson, Bartley, Hegazi, Holgate, Harper, Brunt, Johansen, Morrison, Gibbs, Rodriguez.
Potential Aston Villa Starting XI: Steer, Elmohamady, Tuanzebe, Mings, Taylor, Grealish, Hourihane, McGinn, Green, Kodjia, El-Ghazi.
Head To Head
- West Brom have only lost to Aston Villa once since 2015, but following Saturday’s win, Villa won’t read into that too much.
Key Stats & Facts
- Villa fans will be pleased to note that 16 out of the last 18 teams to win the first leg, have gone on to reach the play-off final.
- West Brom remain unbeaten in seven home head-to-head matches. However, Villa will remain upbeat as they ended the 2018/19 campaign as the form side, winning six out of their last eight matches.
- West Brom 15/8
- Draw 5/2
- Aston Villa 17/11
With the tie still wide open heading into the second leg at The Hawthorns, the visitors will really fancy their chances. Jack Grealish was the main talking point ahead of Saturday’s clash at Villa Park, and after playing a part in both of Aston Villa’s goals, and the man of the match, the highly-rated Aston Villa star will play a big part in Aston Villa’s bid to book their place at Wembley.
West Brom will miss their talisman and top-scorer Dwight Gayle immensely, but with Jay Rodriguez leading the line for ‘The Baggies’, James Shan and his side will miss Gayle, but they’ll still be confident in booking their Wembley place.
I think that the strength of the Aston Villa attack with Tammy Abraham and the talent of Jack Grealish, Villa will be too much for West Brom to handle. I expect Villa to be pushed close, but I expect Dean Smith’s men to book their place at Wembley.
My recommended bet for this one is Aston Villa to win and both teams to score, with is available @ 7/2 (Bet365).
Another notable market is over 2.5 goals, which is available @ 4/5 (Bet365).