The visitors come into the match on form having secured five points from their last three matches.
Hutton, Collins, Dunne, Warnock
Ireland, Petrov, Delph
Heskey, Bent, Agbonlahor
Reid, Olsson, McAuley, Shorey
Scharner, Mulumbu, Dorrans
Brunt, Long, Thomas
Barry Bannan and Charles N’Zogbia will both be pushing for a starting place in the side having both come off the bench against City, and McLeish has said that summer signing Jermaine Jenas is around a month away from being available.
Roy Hodgson has a full squad to pick from, giving him choices in every position. Nicky Shorey will probably regain his place in the side from Billy Jones, but there are choices over which formation to pick, who to play in central midfield, whether to start with Peter Odemwingie and whether to recall James Morrison.
||DID YOU KNOW?|
- In 67 league games at Aston Villa, the home side have 42 wins to West Brom’s 15
- 1985 was a big year for these teams: they met six times in all competitions, it was the last time in the league there were more than three goals (at either ground) and it was the last time West Brom scored more than one goal at Villa Park
- West Brom won 7-0 at Villa in 1935 while Villa defeated the Baggies 7-1… in 1899. The Baggies’ last win at Villa in all competitions was in 1982, and in the league it was 1979
- West Brom has played five times at Villa Park in the Premier League era, drawing two and losing three. Villa won this fixture 2-1 last year
- West Brom kept its third clean sheet of the season against Wolves, one more than it managed in the entirety of last season. Only Swansea, Manchester City and Stoke have more with four
- Peter Odemwingie’s goal was the Baggies’ first in the second-half and Chris Brunt’s was the fifth in the opening 10 minutes
- Win over Wolves was first time in 16 matches West Brom had won by more than one goal
- Villa is unbeaten at home with two wins and two draws
- Before last Saturday’s 4-1 loss to Manchester City, Villa had gone 10 Premier League games unbeaten
- There will be a large Irish contingent in the match, with the home side boasting Shay Given, Richard Dunne and Stephen Ireland whilst the visitors have Gareth McAuley, Shane Long, Chris Brunt and Simon Cox in their ranks.
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