Barclays Premier League
Tuesday 3rd March 2015, 7.45pm
Villa Park


The game will be the 164th league and cup meeting between the two clubs. Villa currently lead the way in terms of victories with 75 compared to Albion's 53.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2012 when a Gareth McAuley goal gave Roy Hodgson's men a memorable 1-0 Premier League win over Chelsea at The Hawthorns.

Villa's last game on March 3 also came in 2012 when a Charles N'Zogbia goal earned them a point from a 1-1 draw with Blackburn Rovers at Ewood Park. The club's last league win on this date came back in 1979 when Gordon Cowans hit the only goal of the game in a 1-0 win over Birmingham City at Villa Park.

The Baggies will be attempting to record their first league double over Aston Villa since the 1973/74 season.

Albion are without a win in their last eight away league games (D5, L3). Another draw would make it five consecutive Premier League away draws - a new club record.

Every one of the 17 Premier League meetings of the sides has ended either as a draw or with a one-goal margin of victory.

Prior to this game Villa have lost seven consecutive league matches - their worst run for 52 years, and are without a league win in 12 games - one short of their top-flight record of 13.

Villa remain the only club in the top four divisions to not win a league game in 2015.

Albion's last six games: Southampton (H) 1-0; Sunderland (A) 0-0; West Ham United (H, FAC) 4-0; Swansea City (H) 2-0; Burnley (A) 2-2; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 0-3.

Villa's last six games: Newcastle United (A) 0-1; Stoke City (H) 1-2; Leicester City (H, FAC) 2-1; Hull City (A) 0-2; Chelsea (H) 1-2; Arsenal (A) 0-5.



Tony Pulis could be without any recognised strikers for the trip to Villa Park. Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye both picked up knocks in last weekend's win over Southampton and could join Victor Anichebe (hamstring) on the sidelines.

Aston Villa

Ron Vlaar is available again after suspension but is now doubtful for the game due to injury. Fellow defender Alan Hutton also faces a late fitness test ahead of the game.

Kieran Richardson, Philippe Senderos and Aly Cissokho are all missing through injury.



Albion Win: 17/10, Aston Villa Win: 9/5, Draw: 2/1.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Ideye 11/1, Berahino 11/2, Anichebe 13/2, McManaman 9/1, Sessegnon 9/1, Gardner 11/1, Morrison 12/1, Brunt 20/1, Dawson 20/1, Fletcher 25/1, McAuley 25/1, Mulumbu 25/1, Lescott 28/1, Baird 33/1, Yacob 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

Aston Villa: Benteke 5/1, Agbonlahor 6/1, Weimann 15/2, Gil 9/1, Cole 10/1, Sinclair 10/1, Delph 12/1, Grealish 12/1, N'Zogbia 14/1, Bacuna 14/1, Westwood 20/1, Cleverley 20/1, Sanchez 28/1, Vlaar 28/1, Clark 33/1, Okore 33/1.

No goalscorer: 6/1.



Jonathan Moss (West Yorkshire)

Moss has officiated two Albion games so far this season - the 1-1 draw at West Ham on New Year's Day and the 4-0 win at home to Burnley last September.

He took charge of three Albion games during 2013/14 - the 3-0 defeat at home to Manchester United in March, the 1-1 draw at home to Hull in December and the 4-1 defeat at Liverpool in October.

The West Yorkshire official last took charge of a Villa game back in November - the 0-0 draw away at West Ham.

Moss has handed out 81 yellow cards and seven red in the 25 games he has refereed so far this season.

A full run-down of Moss' history refereeing the Baggies can be found here


Albion's allocation of tickets are fully sold out.


Cloudy with a chance of light rain showers, 3°C


The first ever meeting of the two clubs came on December 9, 1882, in a Staffordshire Cup 2nd round tie at Villa. In front of a reported crowd of almost 14,000, the game ended in a 3-3 draw with George Bell (2) and perhaps somewhat ironically Harry Aston scoring the visitors' goals. The replay two weeks later at the Four Acres saw Albion win with a solitary goal from George Timmins.

The first league meetings took place during the inaugural Football League season of 1888/89. The first game, played at Perry Barr on January 19, ended in a 2-0 defeat for the Baggies, Dennis Hodgetts and Albert Allen the Villa goalscorers. The return match at Stoney Lane a week later saw the two teams share six goals in a 3-3 draw, Tom Pearson and the aforementioned Allen scoring two goals each.

Albion’s biggest win against Villa is 7-0 which came in a First Division match at Villa Park on October 19, 1935. W.G. Richardson scored four of the visitors' goals with Stan Wood, Jack Mahon and Jack Sankey the others on the scoresheet.

Other big wins for the Baggies include 6-2 at The Hawthorns in 1926/27 and 6-1 in a League Cup tie, again at The Hawthorns, in September 1966. Midfielder Bobby Hope scored three of the Albion goals in the latter match.

Villa’s biggest win against Albion is 7-1, achieved in a First Division game during the 1898/99 season. Bill Garraty, who would later join the Baggies, scored a hat-trick.

Villa have also recorded a 6-3 win at Stoney Lane in October 1893, and a 6-1 victory at Villa Park in a First Division game in April 1954.

Albion have lost just one of their last eight league games against Villa, winning three and drawing four. Prior to the first of those victories in April 2011, the Baggies had gone 17 league and cup games without a win against their old rivals, a sequence spanning 26 years.

In total there have been 164 league and cup games between Albion and Villa with the men from Aston having by far the better record with 75 wins to Albion's 53.

A full fixture history between the two teams can be found here


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Sunday 10 April 2005 - Aston Villa 1-1 Albion - Premier League - Villa Park
Saturday 24 January 1998 - Aston Villa 4-0 Albion - FA Cup 4th Round - Villa Park
Saturday 17 February 1990 - Albion 0-2 Aston Villa - FA Cup 5th Round - The Hawthorns
Saturday 27 August 1983 - Aston Villa 4-3 Albion - First Division - Villa Park
Saturday 2 October 1982 - Albion 1-0 Aston Villa - First Division - The Hawthorns
Saturday 25 November 1978 - Albion 1-1 Aston Villa - First Division - The Hawthorns


Aston Villa 4-3 Albion
Barclays Premier League
Wednesday 29th January 2014, 7:45pm

Aston Villa: Guzan; Lowton (Holt 65), Clark, Vlaar, Bertrand; Westwood, Delph, Ahmadi (Sylla 76); Bacuna; Weimann (Baker 79), Benteke. Subs not used: Steer (gk), Helenius, Albrighton, Tonev.

Goalscorers: Weimann 12, Bacuna 25, Delph 37, Benteke 64 (pen)

Booked: Holt 89 (simulation)

Albion: Foster; Reid (Berahino 76), Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell; Mulumbu, Yacob, Morrison; Anelka (Amalfitano 25), Anichebe (Vydra 80), Brunt. Subs not used: Myhill (gk), Jones, McAuley, Dorrans.

Goalscorers: Brunt 4, Delph 9 (og), Mulumbu 43

Booked: Lugano 68 (dissent), Brunt 70 (foul), Berahino 88 (dissent)

Attendance: 36,083

Referee: Mark Clattenburg (County Durham)

Christian Benteke's second-half penalty settled a remarkable West Midlands derby as Aston Villa came from 2-0 down to edge a seven-goal thriller 4-3. A Chris Brunt stunner and a Fabian Delph own goal inside the first nine minutes got the Baggies off to a flyer at Villa Park but the hosts replied quickly through Andreas Weimann, Leandro Bacuna and Delph. Youssouf Mulumbu made it 3-3 at half-time but Benteke secured only Villa's third Barclays Premier League home win of the season from the spot after the striker himself was fouled. The result left new West Brom manager Pepe Mel still waiting for his first victory in the job. The performance of his side's defence might also have raised concerns for a side that has now won just once in 13 league games. In possession, they did arguably have the better of the game in the second half but they could not add to their tally.

Baggies captain Brunt lit the fuse for a remarkable night as he fired the visitors into the lead after just four minutes with a superb long-range strike. West Brom won the ball from a Villa throw-in and it was quickly worked forward to Brunt, who flicked it up and then volleyed left-footed past Brad Guzan from 30 yards. Brunt was soon involved again as his quickly-taken free-kick released James Morrison down the left to set up the second in the ninth minute. Morrison crossed low to the centre and Delph, in his efforts to intercept, could only divert into his own net. For a second time this season, West Brom were 2-0 up against Villa, but again they surrendered that advantage. Villa pulled one back after just 12 minutes as Guzan went route one. Weimann was played onside as the ball made its way to him via the head of a West Brom defender and the Austrian took full advantage as he lobbed Ben Foster. It should have been 2-2 moments later as Villa pieced together a slick move but Bacuna side-footed narrowly wide. Foster then saved well as Weimann stuck out a leg to divert a Ciaran Clark header goalwards. West Brom almost had another as Nicolas Anelka slid in to win possession and set up Morrison, but he curled wide. Anelka - controversially selected after being charged by the Football Association last week over his 'quenelle' gesture - was injured in that incident and did not last much longer. He hobbled off in the 26th minute, just as Villa celebrated the equaliser they had threatened. The Baggies defence was cut open as Benteke found Matt Lowton and his low cross was bundled in at the far post by Bacuna. The momentum was then all Villa's, and they went ahead as West Brom failed to deal with another long ball. This time Benteke won a header and Delph skilfully took the ball around Steven Reid to smash in a shot off the underside of the bar from the edge of the area. A fan tried to join in the Villa celebrations but alert manager Paul Lambert ushered him back into the stands. West Brom were sloppy at the back but they again proved they could be slick in attack as they levelled before the break. Victor Anichebe combined with Morrison and Mulumbu went through to place a shot through Guzan's legs.

The second half started in much the same open manner with Guzan fumbling an awkwardly bouncing Morgan Amalfitano shot behind. Diego Lugano should have put West Brom ahead but headed inches wide when picked out unmarked at the far post by Brunt fromm a free-kick. Amalfitano went down after twisting through the area but referee Mark Clattenburg gave nothing. Instead Clattenburg pointed to the spot at the other end as Lugano wrestled Benteke to the ground. The Belgian got up to rifle in his third goal in three games, further consigning his recent four-month barren run to the past. Amalfitano tried to win another penalty as he tussled with Clark but Clattenburg booked him for diving. There was yet another penalty shout as Foster slid in to dispossess Benteke but he was adjudged to have won the ball cleanly. West Brom applied pressure in the closing stages but could not find a way through. There were complaints from some of their players to Clattenburg, possibly over the penalty appeals, after the final whistle was blown.

Sporting Life


Albion's back-up keeper Boaz Myhill started his career at Villa Park progressing through the club's youth system. The American-born Welsh international failed to make a first team appearance for Villa and in December 2003, after a number of loan spells at different clubs, he moved to Hull City in a £50,000 deal. Myhill spent a successful seven years at Hull before joining the Baggies in July 2010 for a rumoured £1.5 million fee.

Baggies' midfielder Craig Gardner started his career at Villa, making his first team debut in 2005. The Solihull-born player joined Birmingham City in January 2010 but following the club's relegation from the Premier League 18 months later he left for Sunderland in a reported £6 million deal. He moved to The Hawthorns on a 'Bosman' free in May 2014.

Villa midfielder Kieran Richardson was a key figure during Albion's 'Great Escape' at the end of the 2004/05 season after joining the Baggies on loan from Manchester United. He left Old Trafford in 2007 to join Sunderland where he spent five years before moving onto Fulham. He joined Villa in July 2014 on a free transfer.

Scott Sinclair spent an unsuccessful 2013/14 season on loan at The Hawthorns from Manchester City. The winger joined Villa on loan until the end of the current season during the January transfer window.


Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for both clubs are: Albert Aldridge, Dean Bennett, Darren Bradley, Chris Buckley, Franz Carr, Scott Carson, Chris Charsley, Andy Comyn, Paul Crichton, Jack Crisp, Vic Crowe, Stan Crowther, Jim Cumbes, Neil Cutler, Curtis Davies, John Deehan, Jack Devey, Derek Dudley, Jimmy Dugdale, Lloyd Dyer, Ugo Ehiogu, Albert Evans, Graham Fenton, George Garratt, Bill Garraty, Andy Gray, Tommy Green, Willie Groves, Harry Hadley, George Harris, Tom Haywood, Robert Hopkins, Steve Hunt, Dennis Jackson, George Johnson, Keith Jones, Tom Jones, Phil King, Mark Kinsella, Zat Knight, Arthur Loach, Christopher Mann, Ken McNaught, Luke Moore, Tony Morley, Dennis Mortimer, Horace Parkes, Jesse Pennington, Tom Perry, Kevin Phillips, Tony Rees, Cyrille Regis, John Reynolds, Liam Ridgewell, Bob Roberts, Riccardo Scimeca, Nicky Shorey, Jimmy Spencer, Nigel Spink, Kenny Swain, Garry Thompson, Andy Townsend, Bert Trentham, Dave Walsh, Gavin Ward, Steve Watson, Freddie Wheldon, Jimmy Williams, Charlie Wilson, Joe Wilson and Colin Withers.

Ron Atkinson, Ron Saunders and Brian Little all managed both clubs, Atkinson and Little also played for Villa; Former Baggies' boss Ron Wylie played for and was later a coach at Villa; Another former Albion manager Alan Ashman later scouted for Villa; Brian Whitehouse, an Albion player during the 1950s and coach during the 1970s, coached at both clubs; Ex-Villa defender Allan Evans was a coach at The Hawthorns under Brian Little; Former Albion full-back Stuart Williams spent a short time as trainer at Villa Park; Paul Barron, who kept goal for Albion during the early 1980s, coached at Villa during the 1990s; Gary Shelton played for Villa and was later a coach at The Hawthorns.


 Home 81 33 21 27 126 111
 Away 77 19 13 45 92 141
 Neutral 5 1 1 3 5 6
 Total 163 53 35 75 223 258


Sat 13 Dec 2014 Premier League H 1-0 Gardner     24,684
Wed 29 Jan 2014 Premier League A 3-4 Brunt, Delph (og), Mulumbu - Weimann, Bacuna, Delph, Benteke (pen)     36,083
Mon 25 Nov 2013 Premier League H 2-2 Long 2 - El Ahmadi, Westwood     24,902
Sat 19 Jan 2013 Premier League H 2-2 Brunt, Odemwingie - Benteke, Agbonlahor     25,583
Sun 30 Sep 2012 Premier League A 1-1 Long - Bent     34,489
Sat 28 Apr 2012 Premier League H 0-0     25,984
Sat 22 Oct 2011 Premier League A 2-1 Olsson, Scharner - Bent (pen)     34,152
Sat 30 Apr 2011 Premier League H 2-1 Odemwingie, Mulumbu - Meite (og)     25,889
Sat 11 Dec 2010 Premier League A 1-2 Scharner - Downing, Heskey     37,015
Sat 10 Jan 2009 Premier League A 1-2 Morrison - Davies, Agbonlahor     41,757


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