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Aston Villa ended the season very strong, enjoying a 10 match winnign streak through March and AprilAston Villa were beaten 2-1 at champions Norwich in the final day a week ago. The loss marked Villa's first defeat since mid-February. In fact, the Villans picked up more points than any other Championship team over the final 12 fixtures. Prior to that defeat to the Canaries, Villa had won 10 of 11 unbeaten games, with the exception a hard-fought draw at Elland Road. They did lose 2-0 at home to West Brom back in February and are winless in the last four games against the Baggies.
Dean Smith has to decide whether to continue with goalkeeper Jed Steer between the posts now that Lovre Kalinic has returned from injury. Jack Grealish, Tyrone Mings and John McGinn will return to the line-up after being rested last weekend. Tammy Abraham is 100% fit after a spell on the sidelines and is expected to lead the line. Anwar El Ghazi and Albert Adomah will support the lone striker from the wings. Glenn Whelan will protect the four man backline which will be formed by Axel Tuanzebe and Mings at the centre, Ahmed El Mohamady and Neil Taylor as full backs. James Chester is doubtful while Orhan Nyland is out through injury.
West Brom are unbeaten in last four meetings with their Midlands rivalWest Brom signed off their Championship league season with a 3-1 reverse at Derby County but their 4th position in the table was already assured. One win in their last three is hardly the best way to enter this semi-final tie, though, a run that also includes a goalless draw against Reading. WBA finished in fourth place in the Championship table, four points above their opponents here. While caretaker James Shan has won all five home games since taking over, he’s just collected four points from the last available 18 away from home - losing four out of six matches. As to direct encounters, the Baggies have won each of their last two trips to Villa Park.
James Shan will likely make just one change to the side that lost to Derby last weekend, with Matt Phillips excpected to replace Jacob Murphy up front. Hal Robson-Kanu is banned, meaning that Dwight Gayle and Jay Rodriguez are expected to complete the front trio. Kieran Gibbs and Mason Holgate will start as wing backs while Rekeem Harper and Stefan Johansen will anchor the midfield. Chris Brunt provides a further option in the middle of the park. The likes of Ahmed Hegazy, Craig Dawson and Kyle Bartley will form the three man backline. Gareth Barry remains sidelined while Jake Livermore is a major doubt.
10/1 Aston Villa or 25/1 West Brom to win
Aston Villa v West Brom Starting LineupsAston Villa (4-1-4-1): Steer; Taylor, Mings, Tuanzebe, El Mohamady; Whelan; McGinn, Grealish, Adomah, El Ghazi; Abraham
West Brom (3-4-3): Johnstone; Hegazy, Dawson, Bartley; Holgate, Gibbs, Johansen, Harper; Phillips, Gayle, Rodriguez
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