West Brom v Aston Villa: Midlands derby set to end in stalemate

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The two sides are currently tied on points and there seems to be little to separate the sides on paper.

The last three meetings have resulted in draws and West Brom in particular are turning into draw specialists, having drawn five out of their opening 11 fixtures. The draw seems likely and can be found at 11/5.

Both sides have struggled for goals recently with West Brom and Villa scoring just 12 and 11 goals respectively. Therefore the 0-0 result represents good value at 10/1.

However an interesting statistic shows that if a side is to prevail, it will likely end in a 2-1 result. Half of the matches between these two sides in Premier League have ended in victories, but all have ended in a 2-1 score line for either side. West Brom can be backed at 15/2 to win 2-1, while Aston Villa are 12/1.

And the Villains look the better bet as their good away form has seen them lose just once all season and not concede away from home since August.

Villa are expected to welcome Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor back from injury. The pair are key to Villa’s attack and can help lead the side to victory at 5/2.

Nicolas Anelka should also return to the Baggies frontline and is 7/2 to get back to scoring ways. Christian Benteke is Villa’s top scorer this season and is also 7/4 to add to this tally. However his substitute Libor Kozak perhaps represents better value at 5/2 having also scored in Villa’s last fixture.

Another curious statistic reveals that West Brom have been leading going into half time in their last three home fixtures. The Baggies can be backed to win the first half at 31/20 and 11/5 to be leading at both half-time and full-time. However with a draw seeming the most likely result a West Brom/draw combination represents great value at 14/1.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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