Barclays Premier League
Saturday 23rd January 2016, 3.00pm
The Hawthorns


The game will be the 167th league and cup meeting between the two clubs. Villa currently lead the way in terms of victories with 77 compared to Albion's 54. It will be the 20th meeting at Premier League level with Albion so far winning four games and Villa seven.

Albion's last game on this date came in 2011 when a Roberto Di Matteo-led side lost 2-0 in a Premier League fixture at Blackburn Rovers. The Baggies' last win on this date came in 2010 when they beat Newcastle United 4-2 in a FA Cup 4th round tie at The Hawthorns. The club's last league win on January 23 came in 1999 - a 2-0 win against Watford in a League Division One clash at Vicarage Road.

Villa's last game on this date took place in 2010 when they beat Brighton & Hove Albion 3-2 in a FA Cup 4th round tie at Villa Park. Their last league game took place in 1988, Villa recording a 2-0 win over Manchester City in a Second Division meeting at Maine Road.

The two clubs have met once previously in league action on this date - in 1915 when Albion beat Villa 2-0 in a First Division clash at The Hawthorns, Arthur Swift and Fred Morris the goalscorers. The Baggies and the Villans also met on this date in 1943 in a Wartime League Cup fixture at Villa Park, Albion running out 5-3 winners.

Every one of the previous 19 Premier League meetings between the sides has ended as either a draw or with a one-goal margin of victory.

Albion are looking to record their first league double over Villa since the 1973/74 season and their first top-flight double since 1964/65. The Baggies are also looking to record successive home league wins over Villa for the first time since 1984 and 1985.

Villa have gone 12 league and cup games away from home without a win.

If he plays a part in the game, Saido Berahino will make his 100th Albion appearance.

Albion striker Rickie Lambert has scored four Premier League goals versus Aston Villa - more than against any other opponent.

Albion's last six games: Bristol City (A, FAC) 1-0; Southampton (A) 0-3; Chelsea (A) 2-2; Bristol City (H, FAC) 2-2; Stoke City (H) 2-1; Newcastle United (H) 1-0.

Aston Villa's last six games: Wycombe Wanderers (H, FAC) 2-0; Leicester City (H) 1-1; Crystal Palace (H) 1-0; Wycombe Wanderers (A, FAC) 1-1; Sunderland (A) 1-3; Norwich City (A) 0-2.



Saido Berahino has recovered from a stomach bug and looks likely to once again be named amongst the substitutes.

Chris Brunt (calf), Darren Fletcher (knee) and Jonas Olsson (hamstring) are all doubts, whilst James Morrison (hamstring) is definitely missing.

Squad: Myhill, Foster, Dawson, McAuley, Olsson, Pocognoli, Rondon, Evans, Sessegnon, Berahino, Brunt, Yacob, McClean, Gardner, Anichebe, Chester, Lambert, McManaman.

Aston Villa

Villa may be without Gabby Agbonlahor because of a hip injury, whilst Carlos Sanchez is also a doubt due to a hamstring problem.

Alan Hutton, Adama Traore and Jordan Amavi are all out.    

Squad: Guzan, Bunn, Richards, Bacuna, Clark, Lescott, Okore, Richardson, Lyden, Cissokho, Westwood, Sanchez, Gil, Gana, Veretout, Grealish, Agbonlahor, N'Zogbia, Sinclair, Gestede, Kozak, Ayew.



Albion Win: 21/20, Aston Villa Win: 3/1, Draw: 21/10.

First Goalscorer

Albion: Berahino 5/1, Rondon 5/1, Anichebe 5/1, Lambert 11/2, Sessegnon 13/2, Gardner 15/2, Roberts 15/2, McClean 8/1, Gnabry 9/1, McManaman 10/1, Brunt 14/1, Fletcher 14/1, Dawson 20/1, McAuley 25/1, Evans 25/1, Yacob 28/1, Chester 33/1, Olsson 33/1.

Aston Villa: Ayew 7/1, Gestede 7/1, Kozak 15/2, Agbonlahor 9/1, Gil 10/1, Sinclair 10/1, Grealish 12/1, Bacuna 14/1, Westwood 25/1, Gueye 25/1, Lescott 25/1, Lyden 25/1, Veretout 25/1, Richardson 25/1, Richards 28/1, Cissokho 33/1, Sanchez 33/1, Clark 33/1, Okore 33/1.

No goalscorer: 13/2.



Referee: Robert Madley (West Yorkshire)
Assistant Referees:
Michael McDonough (Northumberland) & Marc Perry (West Midlands)
Fourth Official:
Anthony Taylor (Cheshire)

Madley has taken charge of one Albion game this season - the 3-2 defeat at home to Everton in September.

He refereed two Albion matches during the 2014/15 season - the 2-0 home win over Swansea City and the 4-1 defeat at Arsenal.

The West Yorkshire official has officiated two Villa games so far this season - the 1-0 home win over Birmingham City in the Capital Cup in September and the 2-2 draw with Sunderland at Villa Park in August.

Madley has handed out 62 yellow cards and three red in the 20 games he has refereed this season.

A full run down of Madley's record when taking charge of Albion games can be found here


A very limited number of tickets remain on sale to Albion season ticket holders and members priced at £39 adults, £29 seniors (over 60s), £25 students/under-21s and £15 juniors.


Light cloud, 9°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 two of their last ten league games against Villa, winning four 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 166 league and cup games between Albion and Villa with the men from Aston having by far the better record with 77 wins to Albion's 54.

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


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Saturday 7 March 2015 - Aston Villa 2-0 Albion - FA Cup Quarter Final - Villa Park
Saturday 13 December 2014 - Albion 1-0 Aston Villa - Premier League - The Hawthorns
Wednesday 29 January 2014 - Aston Villa 4-3 Albion - Premier League - Villa Park
Saturday 19 January 2013 - Albion 2-2 Aston Villa - Premier League - The Hawthorns
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


Albion 1-0 Aston Villa
Barclays Premier League
Saturday 13th December 2014, 3:00pm

Albion: Foster, Wisdom, Lescott, McAuley, Pocognoli, Gardner, Dorrans (Berahino 70), Morrison, Varela, Sessegnon, Ideye. Subs not used: Myhill, Baird, Dawson, Gamboa, Mulumbu, Blanco. 

Goalscorer: Gardner 72

Booked: McAuley 18 (foul), Pocognoli 63 (simulation), Varela 78 (foul), Gardner 90+5 (foul)

Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho (Vlaar 78), Sanchez (Weimann 78), Richardson, Cleverley, N’Zogbia (Delph 45), Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs not used: Given, Lowton, Grealish, Herd. 

Sent-Off: Richardson 22 (serious foul play)

Booked: Cleverley 42 (foul), Hutton 65 (foul)

Attendance: 24,684

Referee: Mike Dean (Wirral)

Craig Gardner eased the pressure on West Brom boss Alan Irvine as the Baggies clinched a crucial 1-0 derby win over 10-man Aston Villa. The former Villa trainee - who took a swipe at his former club before the game - smashed in with 18 minutes left to settle a feisty derby after Kieran Richardson was sent off. The visitors had to play 68 minutes with 10 men following Richardson's reckless challenge on Stephane Sessegnon. Christian Benteke poked wide late on but Villa's second-half surrender should concern boss Paul Lambert. Inspired by the excellent Silvestre Varela, on his full Barclays Premier League debut, the Baggies clinched just their second win in 10 games and ended Villa's five-match unbeaten run.

The hosts started £10million record signing Brown Ideye ahead of Saido Berahino, despite the striker failing to score in the league since his summer move from Dynamo Kiev He replaced Victor Anichebe, out with a groin problem, while Varela started with Youssouf Mulumbu dropped. Richardson replaced Ashley Westwood, sidelined until next year with a knee injury, for Villa while Ron Vlaar and Fabian Delph returned to the bench after injury. Sebastien Pocognoli stung Brad Guzan's palms and Graham Dorrans skewed well wide in an even opening. The Baggies were calm while the pace of Gabriel Agbonlahor sporadically threatened but a quiet game burst into life on 22 minutes with Richardson's dismissal. The former Albion loan player - who helped them to their Great Escape from relegation in 2005 - took a heavy touch and then dived dangerously into Sessegnon. While there was no malice it was reckless and, despite Villa complaints, their protests were muted. Unsurprisingly, it roused the Baggies and, although they failed to create a serious chance, they had three penalty claims turned down. First, Jores Okore seemed to give Ideye a nudge, before Sessegnon's cross struck Carlos Sanchez's arm but referee Mike Dean remained unmoved. Gardner then tumbled under Sanchez's clumsy challenge as the Albion pressure grew. They finally forced Guzan into a smart save five minutes before the break when he pushed out Sessegnon's low effort from Pocognoli's cross.

Villa replaced the anonymous Charles N'Zogbia with Delph at the break to strengthen the midfield. It was designed to add extra bite but Albion remained on top and Alan Hutton blocked Varela's volley 10 minutes into the half. The winger curled over two minutes later as the Baggies pressed with Ben Foster a spectator at the other end. Ideye should have done better than to blaze over from 10 yards from the lively Varela's cross before Berahino was introduced with 20 minutes left. The striker made an immediate impact as he played a key part in Albion's winner just two minutes after coming on. His cross caused havoc in the Villa defence and, when Sessegnon's shot was blocked, Gardner, who questioned Villa's position as the Midlands' biggest club pre-game, rammed in from eight yards. It jarred Villa into action and the previously quiet Benteke poked a yard wide before Foster parried Delph's 30-yard effort. In injury-time, Benteke sliced well wide from 18-yards and with it went any hopes of late derby heroics.

Sporting Life


Villa defender Joleon Lescott joined Albion from Manchester City in June 2014 and spent just over a year at The Hawthorns before moving to Villa Park.

Albion 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, 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 permanently last summer following a successful loan spell at Villa Park.


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 80 20 13 47 94 145
 Neutral 5 1 1 3 5 6
 Total 166 54 35 77 225 262


Sat 19 Sep 2015 Premier League A 1-0 Berahino     36,321
Sat 07 Mar 2015 FA Cup A 0-2 Delph, Sinclair     39,592
Tue 03 Mar 2015 Premier League A 1-2 Berahino - Agbonlahor, Benteke (pen)     31,272
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


Saturday 23rd January

12:45pm - Norwich City v Liverpool.

3:00pm - Crystal Palace v Tottenham Hotspur; Leicester City v Stoke City; Manchester United v Southampton; Sunderland v Bournemouth; Watford v Newcastle United.

5:30pm - West Ham United v Manchester City.

day 24th January

1:30pm - Everton v Swansea City.

4:00pm - Arsenal v Chelsea.

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