Aston Villa vs West Brom Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Aston Villa vs West Brom | Saturday 7 March, 2015 | Villa Park | 19.45
Just four days after a League battle at Villa Park, Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion again go head to head in this weekend’s quarter final clash.
Tuesday’s game saw Villa take a last minute lead when Christian Benteke scored from the penalty spot in injury time, giving Tim Sherwood a valuable first win since taking over as manager.
The victory for Villa could provide crucial momentum and a psychological lift after they dominated in the midweek game. Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor scored the opening goal for the home side, with Albion’s in-form strikers Brown Ideye and Saido Berahino unable to find the net in the first half, and Berahino finally scoring the side’s only goal in the 66th minute.
Agbonlahor and Benteke piled the pressure on to West Brom’s Ben Foster in a game that looked for the most part like it would see many more goals. Foster was forced more than once to scramble for the ball and relied heavily on the assistance of Joleon Lescott.
Benteke is now looking for the double over their Midlands rivals as they make a bid to reach the FA Cup semi-finals.
“Everyone is now looking forward to Saturday as we try to do the same,” Benteke commented to reporters after Tuesday’s victory.
“I hope the FA Cup can be special for us. Just because we beat West Brom on Tuesday it doesn’t mean that we have an advantage. It’s another competition but I have faith.
“I’ve had a really bad time but I knew that, if I worked hard, I would get some good times back as well. I’m optimistic about the future.”
West Brom will be quickly picking up the pieces from what boss Tony Pulis has referred to as an ‘off night’ and hoping to be back in form for Saturday’s clash.
The Baggies’ keeper Foster has managed seven clean sheets in nine games before Tuesday’s defeat and Pulis is keen for his Number 1’s form to be judged by his overall season, not just one game.
“People will talk about Ben but the thing is he has been absolutely fantastic for us all season,” Pulis said.
“Let’s not forget he’s saved us points and won us games. He’s also kept a lot of clean sheets too, as has the defence.
“He’s been brilliant. He’s had a poor night but everybody has those days. There are no problems. We will dust ourselves down and get going again.”
Aston Villa vs West Brom Betting Tips
If Tuesday’s clash can tell us anything it’s that Saturday will be an incredibly tightly fought battle, with neither side looking for anything other than the victory.
With the final result so difficult to call, your best bets are on top strikers Christian Benteke (6/4) and Saido Berahino (6/4) to score, both priced at Betway.