WEST BROMWICH ALBION v ASTON VILLA
Barclays Premier League
Monday 25th November 2013,
The game will be the 161st league and cup meeting between the two clubs. Villa
currently have the edge in terms of victories with 74 compared to Albion's 52.
Six of the last ten matches have ended up with a team winning
Albion are unbeaten in the last five league games against Villa.
The Baggies have never gone six league games undefeated against the men from
Albion and Villa have met once before on this date,
the game coming in 1978 at The Hawthorns when the two sides played out a 1-1
draw. Tony Brown with a penalty scored for the Baggies whilst Allan Evans hit
the visitors' goal.
The Baggies last game on this date came in 2007
when they played out a 0-0 draw with Wolves at The Hawthorns. Their last win on
November 25 came in 2000 when a Lee Hughes hat-trick helped Albion to a 3-1 win
at home to Preston North End.
Villa's last game on this date took place in 2006
when they played out a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough at Villa Park.
The club will hold a minute's applause shortly
before kick-off to honour former defender Stuart Williams who died recently.
Albion's last six games:
Chelsea (A) 2-2; Crystal Palace
(H) 2-0; Liverpool (A) 1-4; Stoke City (A) 0-0; Arsenal (H) 1-1; Manchester
United (A) 2-1
Villa's last six games: Cardiff City (H) 2-0; West
Ham United (A) 0-0; Everton (H) 0-2; Tottenham Hotspur (H) 0-2; Hull City (A)
0-0; Manchester City (H) 3-2
Baggies’ boss Steve Clarke is boosted by the return of
Nicolas Anelka and Scott Sinclair following their recent injuries. Anelka has
missed the last two games due to a groin problem whilst Sinclair has missed five
due to his hamstring injury.
Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Boaz Myhill should all
feature despite withdrawing from their respective international squads during
the international break.
Ben Foster (foot) and Billy Jones (hamstring) are both out
but have returned to light training.
Myhill, Daniels, Reid,
McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Dawson, Lugano, Popov, Yacob, Mulumbu, Dorrans,
Morrison, Brunt, Amalfitano, Sinclair, Sessegnon, Berahino, Anichebe, Long,
Vydra, Anelka, Rosenberg.
Villa look like welcoming back a host of players following
recent injuries. Strikers Andreas Weimann (hamstring) and Gabriel Agbonlahor
(ankle) could return whilst fellow forward Christian Benteke should also figure
despite playing no part in
Belgium’s defeat against Japan
Fabian Delph (knee) and Antonio Luna (hamstring) also return
following injury but Joe Bennett is still missing due to a back problem.
Guzan, Steer, Baker, Vlaar, Clark, Lowton, Luna, Bacuna, El
Ahmadi, Delph, Westwood, Herd, Sylla, Tonev, Kozak, Helenius, Agbonlahor,
Weimann, Benteke, Bowery.
Baggies' boss Steve Clarke:
“If we can use the frustration to kick on and get the points
against Villa then fine. But the players are all experienced enough to know that
you can’t dwell on the previous game, you have to look forward to the next one.
Chelsea’s gone and we have to
“The next game isn't a small game either - it's massive. It's
a big game, we're looking forward to it. It’s just a shame we didn’t have a game
quickly after; we’ve had to sit on it for more than two weeks.
“I haven't paid too much attention to the
Chelsea game. I looked at the
game again; the performance was good. We just have to make sure we take the
positives out of the game and take them into the Villa game. It’s nice to put it
to bed and get ready for Monday night, which is a tremendous game for everybody
Villa boss Paul Lambert:
"Stevie has got a good team
there. They're a good side with a lot of experienced lads. It was already set
there. Roy did a great job. Steve has taken it on. They have added a few on to
it. But they are a good team.
"However, we concentrate on
our game. I have great belief in my own team. We will have a top travelling
support too.They will make themselves heard. Our away fans are fantastic. You
find that sometimes when you're smaller in numbers at a match, you make more
noise. Our travelling fans have certainly been excellent and I am sure they will
be again on Monday."
Albion Win: 6/5, Aston Villa Win: 5/2, Draw:
Anelka 6/1, Long 6/1, Sessegnon 6/1, Anichebe 13/2, Berahino 7/1, Vydra 8/1,
Rosenberg 9/1, Morrison 11/1, Brunt 14/1, Amalfitano 14/1, Sinclair 16/1,
Mulumbu 20/1, McAuley 20/1, Yacob 25/1, Dawson 25/1, Lugano 33/1, Reid 33/1.
Aston Villa: Benteke 11/2, Kozak 8/1, Agbonlahor
9/1, Weimann 10/1, Helenius 11/1, Tonev 11/1, Johnson 14/1, Bowery 14/1, Bacuna
16/1, El Ahmadi 20/1, Delph 25/1, Herd 33/1, Clark 33/1, Vlaar 33/1, Sylla 33/1,
Westwood 33/1, Luna 33/1.
Michael Oliver (Northumberland)
Oliver has refereed Albion once so far this season
- the 2-1 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford in September.
The official took charge of four Albion games last
season - the 2-1 defeat at home to Liverpool in the Capital One Cup in
September, the 2-1 win over Chelsea at The Hawthorns in November, the 2-1 defeat
at Everton in January and the 5-5 draw with Manchester United in May.
Oliver refereed two Villa games last season - the
3-1 defeat at home to Everton in August and the 4-1 win at Norwich City in the
Capital One Cup in December.
Tickets are currently on general sale to home supporters that are on the
club's ticketing database.
Clear but cold, -1°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.
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
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
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
Albion are unbeaten in their
last five games against Villa, winning two and drawing three. 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 160 league and cup games between Albion and Villa with
the men from Aston having by far the better record with 74 wins to Albion's 52.
AT THE HAWTHORNS
2-2 Aston Villa
Saturday 19th January 2013,
Foster; Jones, McAuley,
Olsson, Ridgewell; Yacob (Thomas 36), Brunt (c) (Thorne 90+4); Odemwingie,
Morrison, Dorrans (Rosenberg 82); Lukaku. Subs not used: Myhill (gk),
Popov, Dawson, Tamas.
Brunt 49, Odemwingie 83
Olsson 21 (unsporting behaviour), Dorrans 62 (foul)
Guzan; Baker (Lichaj
5), Vlaar (c), Clark, Bennett; Lowton, Delph (Bannan 53), Westwood; N’Zogbia
(Holman 66), Benteke, Agbonlahor. Subs not used: Marshall (gk), Bent, Ireland,
Benteke 12, Agbonlahor 31
Agbonlahor 21 (unsporting behaviour), Lichaj 58 (foul), Lowton 61 (foul)
Referee: Lee Probert (Wiltshire)
Peter Odemwingie's late equaliser earned
West Brom a share of the spoils
as Aston Villa let slip a two-goal lead to remain in the Barclays Premier League
bottom three. Christian Benteke opened the scoring with a superb finish before
Gabriel Agbonlahor doubled Villa's lead before half-time. Albion skipper Chris
Brunt pulled a goal back early in the second period and then QPR transfer-window
target Odemwingie equalised seven minutes from time.
Villa dominated the opening 45 minutes with Charles N'Zogbia
in superb form as he produced one of his best performances for the midlands
club. He demonstrated the quality which had helped to keep
Wigan in the top flight before
his move to Villa during the summer of 2011 and set up the opening two goals.
Agbonlahor has had a habit of scoring in local derbies and also looked back to
his best as Villa controlled proceedings. But
Albion were transformed after the break - no doubt after a
half-time rocket from head coach Steve Clarke. Odemwingie looked a constant
threat and showed why he is a target for QPR who have had one bid rejected
already by the Baggies.
The home side started promisingly and Odemwingie's low centre
picked out Romelu Lukaku whose first-time shot was deflected wide by fit again
Villa skipper Ron Vlaar. Villa were forced into a fifth-minute substitution when
defender Nathan Baker limped out of the action to be replaced by Eric Lichaj.
Lukaku was looking sharp and a dipping, low cross from the on-loan
Chelsea player was cut out by Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan. But after
12 minutes a stunning strike from fellow Belgian Benteke put Villa ahead.
N'Zogbia found Villa's £7million summer signing on the edge of the box and he
turned past Claudio Yacob before firing an unstoppable rising shot past
Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster. It
was his 10th goal of the campaign.
Albion tried to retaliate and an overhead kick from James Morrison
flew straight at Guzan. Tempers became frayed and Baggies defender Jonas Olsson
and Agbonlahor were booked after squaring up to each other. Villa were posing
problems and after 31 minutes Agbonlahor doubled their lead with his fifth goal
of the season. N'Zogbia again supplied the telling pass and Agbonlahor wriggled
past Gareth McAuley before beating Foster with a low drive into the corner of
the net. Yacob was struggling for fitness after his lengthy lay-off with a
hamstring injury and he was replaced after 35 minutes by Jerome Thomas. Dorrans
was not far off target from 20 yards but Villa were coping relatively
comfortably with the threat of the home side. N'Zogbia was a constant threat and
he teed up another opportunity for Lichaj whose shot was blocked by Foster.
Albion began the second half
with more purpose and reduced the arrears after 49 minutes. Thomas' low cross
was held up and turned back by Lukaku into the path of the onrushing Brunt who
curled a 15-yard shot past Guzan. Lichaj and Matt Lowton were yellow carded for
chopping down Thomas and Odemwingie respectively as the home side pushed for an
equaliser. Then Graham Dorrans went into referee Lee Probert's notebook for
fouling Agbonlahor. Joe Bennett came to Villa's rescue when he cleared McAuley's
header off the line. Odemwingie then nicked the ball past Guzan but shot over
from a narrow angle and the Nigeria international was only inches off target
with a stinging drive. He was not to be denied and after 83 minutes brought
Albion level. McAuley headed a Brunt corner back across goal and Odemwingie
reacted first and volleyed past Guzan.
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' defender Liam Ridgewell joined
Aston Villa as a 16 year old after leaving West Ham United's youth system. The
Bexleyheath-born player spent six years at Villa Park before making the short
move to arch-rivals Birmingham City. Ridgewell spent five and a half years at St
Andrews before moving to The Hawthorns in January 2012.
Amongst the players to have turned out at various levels for
both clubs are: Albert Aldridge, Darren Bradley, Franz Carr, Scott Carson,
Andy Comyn, Paul Crichton, 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, George Johnson, Phil King, Zat Knight, Arthur
Loach, Ken McNaught, Luke Moore, Tony Morley, Dennis Mortimer, Tom Perry,
Kevin Phillips, Tony Rees, Cyrille Regis, John Reynolds, Bob Roberts,
Riccardo Scimeca, Nicky Shorey, Jimmy Spencer, Nigel Spink, Kenny Swain,
Garry Thompson, Andy Townsend, Gavin Ward, Dave Walsh, Steve Watson,
Freddie Wheldon, Jimmy Williams and Charlie Wilson.
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.
ALL-TIME LEAGUE & CUP RECORD VS ASTON VILLA
TEN MATCHES AGAINST ASTON VILLA
Sat 19 Jan 2013
Brunt, Odemwingie - Benteke, Agbonlahor
Sun 30 Sep 2012
Long - Bent
Sat 28 Apr 2012
Sat 22 Oct 2011
Olsson, Scharner - Bent (pen)
Sat 30 Apr 2011
Odemwingie, Mulumbu - Meite (og)
Sat 11 Dec 2010
Scharner - Downing, Heskey
Sat 10 Jan 2009
Morrison - Davies, Agbonlahor
Sun 21 Sep 2008
Morrison - Carew, Agbonlahor
Sun 09 Apr 2006
Mon 02 Jan 2006
Watson - Davis, Baros (pen)