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  • September 30, 2012
  • • 11:00 AM
  • • Villa Park, Birmingham
  • Referee: A. Taylor
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Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - West Brom

Premier League Preview: Aston Villa - West Brom

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The Villans' manager is looking to build on a fine 4-2 League Cup win at Manchester City on Wednesday night by putting Steve Clarke's injury-laden defense to the sword on Sunday.

  PROBABLE LINEUPS

ASTON VILLA

Guzan
Lichaj, Vlaar, Dunne, Lowton
N'Zogbia, Bannan, El Ahmadi, Holman
Agbonlahor, Bent

WEST BROM

Foster
Jones, Olsson, McAuley, Tamas
Mulumbu, Yacob
Fortune, Gera, Brunt
Lukaku

Richard Dunne (groin) is scheduled to make his comeback for Aston Villa on Sunday, although Stephen Ireland (wrist) will miss out after Paul Lambert revealed he had broken a bone, ruling him out for a number of weeks.
 
Craig Gardner (anterior cruciate ligament) remains out of contention until May 2013, and there is still no return date for Stiliyan Petrov, who has been suffering from leukemia.

Peter Odemwingie misses this game for the Baggies as part of his three-match suspension for being sent off against Fulham, with Romelu Kulaku or Shane Long likely to take a position up front as a result.

James Morrison (knock) and Stephen Reid (hamstring) are likely to miss out for the visitors, while Liam Ridgewell (calf) and Goran Popov (groin) mean West Brom could be facing a defensive crisis.

Midfielder Jerome Thomas (knee) is also out until next weekend's visit to Swansea at the earliest.

  DID YOU KNOW?
  • Aston Villa has won 42 of the 74 meetings between the sides at Villa Park.
  • West Brom has good recent form against Villa winning two of the last three meetings, with the other being a draw.
  • Aston Villa's biggest ever losing margin came against West Brom, losing 7-0 at home in 1935.
  • Both teams' highest ever scoring draw was when the sides battled to a 4-4 draw in 1934.
  • West Brom's highest scoring loss came against Aston Villa, losing 6-3 at home to the Villans in 1893.
  • Aston Villa has scored five goals in five league games this season, with five different scorers.
  • Romelu Lukaku (pictured) is the Baggies' leading scorer in the Premier League this season, notching two goals so far.
  • The Baggies have taken 10 points from their opening five games and sit in fourth position, their best start to top-flight a season in 58 years.

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1Bradley GuzanGoalkeeper
4Ron VlaarDefender
6Ciaran ClarkDefender
3Joseph BennettDefender
34Matthew LowtonDefender
8Karim El AhmadiMidfielder
12Marc AlbrightonMidfielder
14Brett HolmanMidfielder
16Fabian DelphMidfielder
11Gabriel AgbonlahorStriker
20C. BentekeStriker
31Shay GivenGoalkeeper
43Eric LichajDefender
-Charles N'ZogbiaMidfielder
15Ashley WestwoodMidfielder
46Barry BannanMidfielder
39Darren BentStriker
10Andreas WeimannStriker
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3Jonas OlssonDefender
4Goran PopovDefender
23Gareth McAuleyDefender
28Billy JonesDefender
5Claudio YacobMidfielder
7James MorrisonMidfielder
11Chris BruntMidfielder
21Youssouf MulumbuMidfielder
22Zoltán GeraMidfielder
21Shane LongStriker
19Luke DanielsGoalkeeper
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