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West Brom to bag a few against a lacklustre Aston Villa

West Brom have taken seven points from their last three home games and they can beat Aston Villa this evening – scoring several goals in the process.

The home side are 21/20 to win this evening’s local derby game and that looks a very good price.

Steve Clarke’s side have out-classed both Sunderland and Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns this season and they would have beaten Chelsea at Stamford Bridge were it not for an awful penalty decision in injury time.

Referee chief Mike Riley has since apologised to Clarke and BT will be rubbing their hands if this is a trend that is set to continue.

Bet on WBA to beat Villa at 21/20

However the Baggies shouldn’t need too much help from tonight’s official Michael Oliver who has only awarded one penalty this year.

The home side’s two defeats this season have come against two high-quality passing sides – Southampton and Swansea – and they should successfully manage the more direct threat of Aston Villa.

The last three meetings between these two sides have all been draws, however WBA won the two clashes between the teams in 2011.

Bet on WBA to win 3-0 at 20/1

Both of those victories were by a scoreline of two goals to one and a home 2-1 win this evening is 8/1.

All of the last seven victories, for either team, in this fixture have been by that scoreline.

More appealing though are the 2-0 and 3-0 correct score bets in WBA’s favour at 10/1 and 20/1 respectively.

Toothless Villa have failed to score in five of their last seven matches despite the return of star striker Christian Benteke from injury.

Bet on Chris Brunt to score at 11/2

Goalkeeper Brad Guzan has outlined finishing ahead of their rivals as a main aim for this season, however at the moment they are separated by just one goal as both sit on 14 points.

Boss Paul Lambert could receive a boost with the possible return of Andreas Weimann and Gabriel Agbonlahor from injury, and that certainly strengthens their challenge.

However Lambert is not the only one who has had good news during the international break.

Chris Brunt, Gareth McAuley and Boaz Myhill all look set to feature despite withdrawing from their international squads during the week.

Bet on over 2.5 goals at 19/20

Centreback McAuley already has two goals this season and is 8/1 to score at anytime whilst Brunt, who scored in this fixture last season, is 11/2 to find the net once again.

Boss Clarke could also welcome back Nicolas Anelka and Scott Sinclair so the home side’s attacking threat looks stronger than ever.

With both forward lines strengthened, the chance of goals must be increased.

Four of the last five meetings between the sides at The Hawthorns have featured three or more goals and the over 2.5 goals bet at 19/20 is certainly of interest.

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