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Aston Villa vs West Bromwich Albion Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

13:00 IST 08/05/2019
Tammy Abraham, Jack Grealish - Aston Villa
Having finished the regular season as one of the Championship's in-form teams, Al Hain-Cole expects Smith's men to see off the inconsistent Baggies

Aston Villa will be hoping to carry their strong late season form into the play-offs when they welcome West Brom to Villa Park in Saturday's semi-final first leg.

Dean Smith's team sealed their place in the top six with 10 wins and just one defeat in their final 12 games, with that loss coming on the final day of the season against champions Norwich.

Latest odds

Having won five of their last six matches on home turf, they are 10/11 (1.91) favourites with bet365 take an aggregate lead by coming out on top.

However, the Baggies ran out 2-0 winners when they visited this ground back in February, and are available at 3/1 (4.00) to take control of the tie with another big win here.

Two of the last three meetings between this pair have resulted in draws, and you can get odds of 12/5 (3.40) on them cancelling each other out once again.

Team news

Tammy Abraham is fit after a spell on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, while Tyrone Mings, Jack Grealish and John McGinn will also return to the line-up after being rested for the defeat to Norwich.

Hal Robson-Kanu is suspended after getting sent off in the 3-1 defeat to Derby on the final day of the regular season, although Jake Livermore is once again available after missing that game through suspension.

Preview

Despite finishing four points adrift of their guests, the Villans come into this clash in better shape thanks to a late surge that saw them pick up more points than any other Championship team over the final 12 fixtures.

Indeed, Jimmy Shan's men will do well to merely avoid defeat against their Midlands rivals after picking up just four points from the last available 18 on the road - losing four out of six matches.

Tips and Predictions

With all of their star players back and fit, those 10/11 (1.91) odds look too good to pass up on Villa putting one foot in the final with a victory over an ailing West Brom.

All odds correct at time of publish. Please gamble responsibly.

Villa to win for a 1.5pt stake at 10/11 (1.91) with bet365