Aston Villa v West Brom: Match preview

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Aston Villa v West Brom
Barclays Premier League
Villa Park
Saturday, October 22. Kick-off: 1500


James Collins is back in contention for Aston Villa having missed the 4-1 loss at Manchester City with foot and groin problems.

Barry Bannan may be recalled by Alex McLeish, but Nathan Delfouneso and on-loan Jermaine Jenas are still injured.

West Brom midfielder Zoltan Gera should play some part in the West Midlands derby after a long-term ankle problem.

Defender Steven Reid can play after undergoing minor hand surgery, while striker Peter Odemwingie may start.


Agbonlahor looking for inspiration


Gabriel Agbonlahor hopes the Villa Park faithful can inspire Aston Villa to victory over West Brom in the West Midlands derby on Saturday.

Villa welcome their neighbours with only three points separating the teams and the Baggies coming off the back of another derby victory against Wolves.

But Agonlahor believes the Villa fans have the ability to ensure the home side triumph over their neighbours this weekend.

"We're focused on Albion now and we're wary of them because they played well against Wolves and looking strong after a difficult run of fixtures at the start of the season," he said.

"It will be a tough game but with the support we get at home hopefully it will inspire us to get a result.

"They have beaten Wolves so they will be coming into the game on a high so we've got to be at the races from early in the game and try and get an early goal and hopefully kick on from there.

"If we get the three points we will be delighted."

GMF possible line-up:

Aston Villa: Given; Hutton, Dunne, Collins, Warnock; Albrighton, Petrov, Delph, N'Zogbia; Bent, Agbonlahor.

West Brom: Foster; Olsson, McAuley, Jones, Scharner; Brunt, Reid, Mulumbu, Thomas; Long, Odemwingie.

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