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Recent meetings between these two sides have produced plenty of goals and our tipster expects that trend to continue when the derby rivals clash at Villa Park on Wednesday

Local bragging rights are at stake on Wednesday night when Aston Villa play host to West Bromwich Albion in what promises to be a keenly contested West Midlands derby at Villa Park.

Villa came roaring back from 2-0 down to secure a 2-2 draw when these two sides clashed at the Hawthorns earlier in the campaign and, with both sides looking to pull away from the Premier League drop zone, another hard-fought encounter seems likely.

Villa are without a win in their last six matches on home turf but can be backed at 8/5 (2.60) with William Hill to claim all three points here.

New West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel will be keen to taste success in his first derby clash and the Baggies are available at 15/8 (2.88) with William Hill to deliver victory at Villa Park for the Spaniard while the same firm go just 21/10 (3.10) that Wednesday’s clash ends in stalemate.

It is worth noting that the last four meetings between the two sides has ended in a draw while, incredibly, neither side has won by more than a single goal margin in the last 16 meetings between the two rivals.

Villa’s Belgian striker Christian Benteke has scored in his last two appearances for Paul Lambert’s men and, should this mark a return to form for the 23-year-old front man, then the “headline offer” of 3/1 (4.0) from William Hill for Benteke to net at any time in a Villa victory would certainly appeal here.

For the Baggies, former Sunderland midfielder Stephane Sessegnon is the subject of William Hill’s “headline offer”, with the odds compilers offering a juicy 8/1 (9.0) for the 29-year-old midfielder to net at any time in an away win.

On eight of the last nine occasions that these sides have met, both teams have found the target so the 8/11 (1.73) quote from William Hill for goals at both ends looks to be a solid selection here.

The even money (2.0) quote from the same firm for three or more goals to be scored on Wednesday evening is hugely appealing here, especially given that it would have paid out in seven of the last nine meetings between these sides.

Therefore, punters are advised to snap up the generous even money (2.0) quote from William Hill for at least three goals to be scored when Aston Villa take on West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday evening.

Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with William Hill

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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