Aston Villa will face West Bromwich at Villa Park, in Birmingham, in the English Championship Play-Offs. Aston Villa against West Bromwich is the match with the big interest after their last match in Championship. Review our thoughts on this match below.
The Play-Offs of Championship 2018/19 season starting from the very interesting game between Aston Villa and West Bromwich. Both clubs look great at the end of this season, however, Aston Villa with Tammy Abraham ahead look dangerous and confident.
After a very weak start of the season, Aston Villa finished the regular season at 5th place and will fight against West Bromwich in Play-offs for a chance to play in Premier League. On 10th of October, Dean Smith joined Aston Villa and totally changed the team’s game. Villans played well especially in the last 2 month, as they won 10 games in a row until the draw and lost against Leeds United and Norwich City.
Young English talent Tammy Abraham become third best striker of the Championship with 25 scored goals. Unfortunately, he was injured in the last 3 games and had several days to rest, preparing to the most important game of the season. Tammy still belongs to Chelsea and after such a great season Blues will be very interested to take him back and give him a chance to start playing in the problematic position for the club. Unfortunately, Orjan Nyland will miss the next game due to injury. All other main squad players are fit and ready to face the next opponents.
West Bromwich Albion played very strong and resultative season, becoming second best attacking team in Championship with 87 scored goals. Only Norwich City, which took 1st place scored 93 goals. The team played a very open football for the whole season, scoring 1.9 goals and conceding 1.34 goals on average per match. In the last game, West Bromwich Albion lost to Derby County giving them a chance to be among 4 teams, which will pass Play-offs. It will be very disappointing if the Baggies and Derby County reach the final and Derby succeed to Premier League. However, West Brom played in the Premier League 8 seasons in a row prior to departure, which proves their success and the desire to play at the highest level.
On loan playing, Dwight Gayle scored 23 goals, becoming best squad striker with nearby teammate Jay Rodriguez with 22 goals at the end of the regular season. Unfortunately, Jake Livermore will miss the next match due to injury. All other main squad players are ready to face the next opponent fighting for tickets to PL.
These teams already met each other in the regular season. In the first game at The Hawthorns, the teams have drawn the match with D. Gayle late comeback goal in the 91st minute. This match finished with 2:2 result with El-Ghazi double from Aston Villa. The second game in Birmingham the Throstles took under their control and won 0:2 in away match.