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Villa v West Brom stats: Hosts positive offensively and defensively

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Villa v West Brom stats: Hosts positive offensively and defensively

Villa return to B6 tonight after a long rest following their impressive showing on Merseyside. It's another big game for Paul Lambert's men as they host rivals West Brom, with plenty of ups and downs when the two have met in the past., who offer the largest online database for detailed football statistics, pick out the figures that suggest the hosts should impress at either end this week.

The side that has taken the lead in five of the last six encounters between the two - the other being a goalless draw - has never gone on to win this match-up.

Comebacks are to be expected then, with the last four meetings between the sides ending in stalemate.

Villa have had the better of things when the two have met at Villa Park in general, with two wins and just one defeat in seven Premier League matches, that loss coming after being reduced to 10 men when leading 1-0.

With the Baggies winning just two of the 15 top-flight matches between the rivals since the turn of the century, Paul Lambert will want to ensure that record doesn't improve this evening.

The Villans put in what was arguably one of their strongest displays of the season against Liverpool last time out and will be looking to kick on, having moved into the top half of the table with a point.

West Brom, meanwhile, earned an impressive draw of their own in Pepe Mel's first match in charge against Everton, but since letting a two-goal lead slip in the reverse fixture this season, they've won just one of 10 league matches.

The Baggies haven't struggled for goals this season in general but will have hoped for more from their forwards, with players starting up front for the Baggies this season scoring just six of their 24.

The fact that they've sold Shane Long will be a relief to Villa fans then, as the Irishman had scored five in his last five matches against the club.

Meanwhile,  Lambert's strikers are back in form, with Christian Benteke scoring in back-to-back matches and Andreas Weimann putting in the sort of performance that earned him the club's young player of the year award last season.

In fact, Villa have seen their starting forwards net 14 times in the league this season in comparison to the visitors, with only Liverpool and Manchester City's strikers scoring more.

Meanwhile, Villa have made significant strides defensively, particularly when Ron Vlaar has been fit.

Injuries to either one or the other have meant that the Dutchman and Ciaran Clark have had limited playing time together at the centre of a back four, completing the 90 minutes alongside one another in such a system just four times.

The game against Liverpool was the first time they had conceded in those matches, with the two having been paired in the back four in goalless draws with Sunderland and Hull, as well as a 1-0 victory at Norwich beforehand.

The draw at Anfield means that Villa remain unbeaten when the two have completed the game together as a pairing at the back, however, so Villa should be confident at either end come Wednesday night.

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By @AVFCOfficial 29th January 2014
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