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Sunday, 21 September 2008

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa: Premier League Prediction Panel 2008/9 - previews and predictions

A big west Midlands derby sees The Baggies host their neighbours from across the border in Birmingham lifted by an opening league win in a five goal thriller with West Ham.  In fact West Brom's form has picked up smartly after the opening three defeats with a draw at Bolton before the win over West Ham.  So they take good form and are largely free of injuries in the run up to this derby match.

Aston Villa sit fourth in the division with seven points and if one of the big four have an off season they could be the team that benefits; but only if they can stop conceding so many soft goals.  Villa have lost just once this season and that to Stoke who scored an injury time winner that went against the run of play.  It could be that another physical encounter here wouldn't be to Villa's benefit.

Derby matches often end in draws, but Villa will start as favourites in a game where a win could potentially send them top (depending on Saturdays and Sundays games).

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa; Kick Off 12pm, 21 Sep 2008

Prediction Panel
Our panel contains both Squarefootball writers and readers, the writers are marked: (sqf).

Tony Bellew : 0 - 0
Dave Blackburn : 0 - 2
Sue Gardener : 2 - 2
Chris Goodwin : 2 - 2
Paul Grech (sqf) : 1 - 2
Colin Illingworth (sqf) : 3 - 3
Hugh Larkin (sqf) : TBC
Peter Lee : 1 - 3
Don McMahon : 2 - 2
Antony Melvin (sqf) : 1 - 3
Stephen Orford (sqf) : 1 - 3
Tony Ratton : 2 - 2
Peter Rendle : TBC
Dan Taylor : 2 - 2
Andy Wakeman : 2 - 0
Isaac Williams : 0 - 2
Mark Williams : 1 - 2

Panel Verdict
A split verdict between those that think The Baggies can hold Villa to a draw and those that think they won't.

Home: 1; Draw: 7; Away: 7; TBC:2;

Spread Betting
This is usually a feisty fixture and the bookings market looks a bit cheap with a buy available at less tha five yellows.  A buy looks good value.

Example: 1pts buy Bookings at 48
No bookings: You lose 48pts
2 yellows: You lose 28 pts
4 yellows: You lose 8 pts
6 yellows: You win 12 pts
8 yellows: You win 32 pts
10 yellows and a red: You win 77 pts
and so on

* Do we have it right, or do you know better?  Please don't bother with derisory comments on the predictions after the match - unless you also pulled us up before it!


Anglesey Baggie

I think you'll find the Brummies are crossing over to the Black Country, seeing as the game is being played in West Bromwich. Doh!

Antony Melvin

Sorry, dumb mistake - i will correct! Previews can make you cross-eyed.

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