We’re in the semis of the Championship promotion play-offs and the first leg has already been played. In the first duel between West Brom and Aston Villa, which took place in Birmingham, the score was 2:1 for the Villans. Now, it’s up to WBA to try and win on Tuesday. Can they do it? Maybe you’ll find the answer in our West Brom vs Aston Villa prediction & betting tips! If you are looking for enhanced odds you should visit omegatipsters before placing your bets on this match.
WBA finished the regular season at the 4th place, one spot above their opponents Aston Villa. But, according to the bookies, West Brom aren’t too big favorites for promotion. Even before the first leg was played, sportsbooks were giving advantage to the team from Birmingham.
However, no one can argue that WBA don’t have a pretty decent team. Actually, they have the second-most expensive squad in the Championship, which is worth more than some Premier League teams. However, they didn’t show too much of that quality in the first game with Aston Villa.
They did get a lead early on, but since, they did nothing but defend. Aston Villa had the ball in their possession for more than two-thirds of the time, with more than four times more goal chances than WBA. If they wish to get to the play-off final, they will have to do much, much better on Tuesday.
What’s giving them hope ahead of this game is that their home form has been really good lately. Actually, they’ve won five of their previous Championship games. Overall, they’re the 6th-best team when home form is concerned, but with 53 goals, they’re the side with the most goals scored at home.
Before we proceed to the part of the West Brom vs Aston Villa prediction where we discuss the form of the Villans, we also need to mention that WBA will be without a couple of important players. Dwight Gayle, for example, got a red card in the first leg, while Hal Robson-Kanu has been suspended for the rest of the playoffs.
Together with Leeds, Aston Villa are the favorites for getting promoted. This team reached the final of the playoffs last season but lost to Fulham. This time, their players are more experienced and more determined to get back to the Premier League.
The Villans have a really strong team this season, with their key player being Jack Grealish, who’s ranked the top most expensive Championship player at the moment. And he’s been in a brilliant form lately, making an assist in the first clash with WBA.
The problem is that their top scorer, Tammy Abraham is struggling with a slight injury. He’ll probably play, but the question is will he be able to give his utmost. Speaking of injuries, before you go to West Brom vs Aston Villa betting tips, you can take a look at the latest injury news as well as probable lineups of the two.
- Hal Robson-Kanu (suspension)
- Dwight Gayle (suspension)
- Gareth Barry (doubtful)
- Jack Livermore (doubtful)
- Orjan Nyland (injury)
- Tammy Abraham (doubtful)
Johnstone – Bartley, Dawson, Hegazy, Holgate, Gibbs – Brunt, Johansen, Phillips, Murphy – Rodriguez
Steer – Mings, Tuanzebe, Elmohamady, Taylor – Whelan, McGinn, Grealish, Adomah, El-Ghazi – Abraham
West Brom vs Aston Villa Prediction
It’s going to be a very tough game because WBA need to attack but Aston Villa aren’t a team that likes to defend. I think we might see a draw here, which would mean that Aston Villa are going to play in the final again.
West Brom vs Aston Villa Betting Tips
- Draw @3.50 (bet365)
- Aston Villa to Qualify @1.30 (Unibet)