Aston Villa v West Brom Live
The below article is for a previous encounter. However, todays game will also be shown live inside the members area!. Aston Villa will hope to consolidate their position in the top four when they welcome bottom of the league West Bromwich Albion to Villa Park this weekend. Sign up with us here on Live Sport network to watch all the footy live.
Villa have had a fantastic season thus far managing to break into the top four on a consistent basis. Currently they have 38 points from 20 games, three more than Arsenal who are placed fifth. Villa boss Martin O'Neill will be pleased with his side's efforts thus far and will hope they can maintain this position rill the end of the season.
With Gareth Barry staying put at least till the end of the season, O'Neill can target all his energies at ensuring that his side stay in contention to secure a Champions League spot at the end of the season. It is also rumored that the Irishman is making a bid to bring West Ham and England defender Matthew Upson to Villa Park in January. Craig Bellamy is also a target.
The Christmas fixtures were also good for Villa as the team bounced back to hold Arsenal to a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day and then beating Hull City 1-0 two days later in rather fortuitous circumstances with an own goal from Kamil Zayatte.
West Brom have revived their Premier League campaign with two good wins over Tottenham and Man City in their last three games. Manager Tony Mowbray can look forward with hope towards the New Year, but he is also aware that the fight is still not over.
Despite the good results, the Baggies continue to occupy the bottom spot with 18 points from 20 games. They lost 2-0 to Chelsea on Boxing Day, but beat Spurs two days later to end their year on a high note. The arrival of on-loan Arsenal striker Jay Simpson is sure to be a boost, but Gianni Zuiverloon, James Morrison and Robert Koren are sidelined with injuries and illness.
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