West Bromwich Albion have the opportunity to close the gap to the top-two positions when they entertain Aston Villa in the West Midlands derby on Friday night. The Baggies have remained unbeaten for the past four matches but a stalemate on Monday night sees them four points off the automatic promotion places. Villa, though, are three points outside the playoff positions but their form has been promising an 80% win ratio since November. Follow all our predictions, free bets, football bets and betting tips below.
Betting Tips for the game
West Brom saw a three-match winning run cease against Brentford after they played out a 1-1 draw. The Baggies appeared on course for a fourth-straight triumph after a Harvey Barnes opener in the 77th minute but they were left disappointed after Lewis MacLeod levelled the scores in injury time.
Villa returned to winning ways after securing a comfortable 3-0 victory on the road to Middlesbrough. Tammy Abraham was once more on the scoresheet to take his tally to seven goals from the previous four Championship matches.
West Brom previously tackled Villa in the Premier League two years ago and the game ended in a goalless stalemate with neither side managing a shot on target. Our betting tips and predictions fancy a high-scoring draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Prediction and betting tip:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
Villa are priced at 3.10 for the win while West Brom are fancied at 2.25 for the same. Villa had gone through a seven-match away run without a single win but they have since picked up 3-0 victories over Derby County and Middlesbrough, who have been among the in-form sides in the league. Villa will go into this game with the momentum on their side but the Baggies are more than capable of scoring themselves. Our preview anticipates a share of the spoils.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Match Prediction:”]Draw at 3.50[/bet_tip_now]
West Brom win odds: 2.25
Aston Villa win odds: 3.10
Correct Score odds
The strengths of both West Brom and Villa have been on their attacking prowess this term and they possess the top-two best scoring records in the current Championship campaign. We are anticipating an open-sided derby this time around, and our correct score prediction fancies a high-scoring 2-2 draw.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Correct Score Prediction:”]2-2 draw at 10.00[/bet_tip_now]
Over/Under 2.5 Goals odds
West Brom have enjoyed high-scoring encounters at the Hawthorns this term with seven of their 10 matches witnessing more than two goals. This has been the trend in recent away trips for Villa with 3-0 being the final outcome against Derby and Middlesbrough. Our total goals prediction would back more than 2.5 goals.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”Goals odds and prediction:”]Total goals over 2.5 at 1.57[/bet_tip_now]
First Goalscorer odds
Tammy Abraham has been making the headlines for Villa in the past four matches after netting seven goals – including a brilliant quadruple against Nottingham Forest. Surprisingly, none of those have opened the scoring but he has a good chance of keeping up his form with him also being tasked with the penalty-kicking duties. Our first goalscorer prediction is to go with Abraham.
[bet_tip_now stars_1_2_3=”3″ block_title=”First goalscorer prediction:”]Tammy Abraham at 5.75[/bet_tip_now]
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