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Preview: West Brom v Aston Villa

Will Allardyce get off to a winning start?

17 Dec 2020
Sam Allardyce

Team news

West Bromwich Albion have reported no new injury concerns but Matheus Pereira remains unavailable through suspension.

Douglas Luiz and Matty Cash are both back for Aston Villa after serving one-match bans.

Did you know?

West Brom are unbeaten in their last eight home encounters against Aston Villa in all competitions (W3 D5), since a 2-1 defeat in September 2008. 

New West Brom head coach Sam Allardyce has only lost his first Premier League match in charge of a team on one occasion (W5 D1), losing 1-0 to West Brom when in charge of Sunderland in October 2015.

Aston Villa have won four of their five away Premier League matches this season (L1), as many as they had in their previous 42 on the road in the competition (W4 D8 L30). Indeed, the Villans already have more away points this season (12) than they managed in the whole of last term (11). 

Villa have already won away from home against one promoted team this season, beating Fulham 3-0. They have not won two away contests against promoted sides in a Premier League campaign since 2008/09, when one of those wins was against West Brom.

Match officials

Referee: Martin Atkinson. Assistants: Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis. Fourth official: Robert Jones. VAR: Darren England. Assistant VAR: Stephen Child.

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