West Bromwich will face Aston Villa at The Hawthorns, in West Bromwich, in the English Championship Play-Offs. West Bromwich vs Aston Villa 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 started from Aston Villa comeback after conceding goal first. In a very interesting and tough game, Aston Villa won with 2:1 result and made a big impact on the final result and get closer to Premier League promotion. In general, first match was under Lion’s control, as they had 69% of ball possession and were more accurate and dangerous in all the ways.
In the last match, West Bromwich Albion lost the game with 2:1 result after leading after the first half. Dwight Gayle scored the quick goal at the 16th minute and Baggies were in front until the 75th minute. After scoring a goal they totally gave possession to the opponents, what becomes a crucial mistake. West Bromwich started the second half with Craig Dawson substitute due to an injury at the end of the first half. Craig was one of the leading defenders in the squad, so his loss strongly weakened the team’s defense. The Albion players started to play aggressively, trying to stop Villans, however, that cause big yellow card amount and finally red card to Dwight Gayle, who would be a very important player in the return match. Unfortunately, hosts will play without two most important players of the squad, which gives even bigger advantage for guests.
Aston Villa showed a great example of how to take nerves under control. Even after conceding goal first, they made a great comeback against one of the best and valuable teams in Championship. The team looked very dignified playing very strongly, carefully and tactically strong football at Villa Park. Villans fully controlled the ball possession with almost 70%. They scored twice and won the match with 2:1 result, however, made in total 21 goal attempts. Most interesting, that West Bromwich made 14 fouls, while Aston Villa made only 3 in the whole game. As a result, guests got 5 yellow cards with Gayle sent off after the second one. Return game, guests will start with the advantage after a win and without losing any important players.
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