Match preview: West Brom v Villa
West Brom v Villa
Rémi Garde will do late tests on Gabby Agbonlahor and Carlos Sanchez before the West Brom game.
But he admits both players are doubts for the Baggies derby.
Garde revealed that Agbonlahor trained on Sunday ahead of the Wycombe FA Cup replay after overcoming his back problem.
But he was then struck down with a hip problem the day before the match.
Garde will assess the long-serving striker as he strives to be fit for the Albion clash.
Sanchez is still struggling with a hamstring problem that saw him limp off on Tuesday.
The Colombian midfielder overcame the issue to make the starting line-up against the Chairboys.
But he had to be subbed with a reoccurrence at half-time.
Garde, like with Agbonlahor, will check his fitness levels.
Alan Hutton will miss out against Albion after failing to recover from his hamstring issue.
Meanwhile, Albion are likely to be without Chris Brunt, who suffered a calf injury in their midweek FA Cup third round replay with Bristol City.
James Morrison [hamstring] is also sidelined while Darren Fletcher [knee] is a doubt.
Jonas Olsson and Saido Berahino are battling to recover from illness.
They are playing a home game for a derby, I'm expecting a very tough game for us.
They will be full of energy, probably, they're in a better position than us in the table.
They are in a more comfortable situation. I don't expect any gifts from them.
The last two games really pleased me, the results, of course, but also the way the players who were involved in the two games performed.
Normally derbies are very tight games. We will have to concentrate and focus.
Every derby match you play, every time you're competing against local rivals, you want to win games - it's important.
We've gone over there at the beginning of the season, played really well and deserved that victory.
It's a different game today, different circumstances.
Every team in this league needs to be shown respect.
Hopefully we can take it on and get the result that we want.
I think this game is coming at a good time. We have confidence
They beat us at home. Now we're eager to beat them away - and get the three points and keep our run going.
These derby matches are important games for the fans and for the club.
We know that. I'm sure it will be a good game this afternoon.
They are a tough team to beat. And, of course they're going well.
But we're not afraid of any team so we'll treat it the same as any game.
My team-mates have explained the importance of this match.
It is important in the Birmingham area.
It will be difficult for them as Villa are down near the bottom.
We need to win at home to take the three points.
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Gabriel Agbonlahor has scored four goals against West Brom, including two at the Hawthorns in January 2013 and September 2008.
We are unbeaten in two games (W1 D1), last going three without defeat in December 2014 when we were five unbeaten.
All seven of our wins against West Brom have been by a one-goal margin - six of them by a 2-1 scoreline
West Brom won just two of the first 16 Barclays Premier League meetings with us (W2 D8 L6), but have since won two of the last three (W2 L1).
The Baggies are unbeaten in their last five top-flight home games against us (W2 D3). .
All four of West Brom's wins in this fixture have been by a one-goal margin (2 x 1-0, 2 x 2-1).
Eight of the last 10 Premier League matches played at The Hawthorns have been won by a single goal margin (W4 L4 for both teams) with the other two matches ending as draws.
Referee Robert Madley has awarded 10 penalties in 15 Premier League games this season - the most in the competition.
We lost on their last trip to the Hawthorns, not losing two in a row since April 1985 (three defeats in a row).
We haven't conceded more than twice away at West Brom since January 1984, a 3-1 defeat.
Each of our last five goals has come between the 58th and 75th minute.
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