Baggies fight on with the short trip to Villa Park

Allardyce takes his Albion team to Villa Park on Sunday evening knowing that the gig is almost up in his attempt to keep his record of never being relegated from the Premier League. When the Baggies meekly surrendered to Dean Smith’s team in his first game in charge in the reverse fixture in December, I wonder whether Big Sam was…

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Aston Villa v West Brom – History and Statistics

Sunday’s game will be the 150th league meeting between Albion and Villa and it will the Baggies’ 73rd game at Villa Park in all competitions, the Villains’ home since 1897. All but one of Albion’s 21 away wins against their nearest neighbours have come at Villa Park with the first coming in September 1899 when Chippy Simmons and Ben Garfield…

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Albion survival bid continues at Leicester

In the midst of the furore surrounding the announcement of the proposed European Super League, Albion have been preparing to face the club that produced the most recent example of why true competition is worth maintaining. Leicester City’s remarkable Premier League victory in 2016 coming a season after their own great escape from relegation is one of the most endearing…

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