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Match pack: Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

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Match pack: Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion

Game details

Game: Aston Villa v West Bromwich Albion
Date: Saturday 16th February 2019
Competition: Sky Bet Championship
Venue: Villa Park
Kick-off: 3pm

At a glance

Aston Villa take on West Bromwich Albion at Villa Park this weekend in need of a victory to keep their Play-Off hopes alive.

The claret and blues slipped to a late defeat at Brentford in midweek, which followed successive draws against Reading and Sheffield United.

The gap to sixth is now seven points, while many have a game in hand – meaning three points is critical on Saturday.

Villa twice took the lead in the return fixture back in December, with Anwar El Ghazi netting twice. A late, controversial Jay Rodriguez goal gifted Albion a point.

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Team news

Neil Taylor is available again after missing the trip to Brentford through illness.

But Tom Carroll won't feature again following the strain he picked up in his debut cameo at Reading a fortnight ago.

Skipper James Chester continues to rest his knee.

Jack Grealish is back running on grass again and could be involved at Stoke City next weekend.


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Ways to watch

Video coverage of our clash with Albion this weekend will be available to all AVTV Live International Plus subscribers.

Unfortunately, regular international video coverage in all other countries won't be available, as the EFL have selected the match as their 'featured game'.

Click here to subscribe for AVTV Live. 

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The Boss

Dean Smith

"It's a big game because it's a local game and because it's our next one in the Championship.

"We can try and deal with the disappointment of conceding late on Wednesday straight away.

"We need to put in a performance, work hard and get a result.

"I've watched the game back from December this week and we fully deserved to win the game at Albion.

"It doesn't add any extra motivation, the way they got the equaliser. I can't control it.

"It's the same managers and it was a good game of football last time around.

"Both teams are missing some big players, but I expect it to be a similar type of game."

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Tickets

We're approaching the 38,000 mark for Saturday's visit of the Baggies.

Upper Trinity is open once again, and we want Villa Park as full as possible as we attempt to return to winning ways with a bang.

Tickets are on sale to supporters with an Aston Villa booking history.

Buy yours now!

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Dan Connor
By @danconnor 16th February 2019