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West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa tips

West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa
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West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa tips
With 16 minutes to go at Villa Park on Saturday, West Brom were coasting towards a huge victory. However, a dramatic last 15 minutes has left them as rank outsiders in this tie. They need to turn around a 2-1 defeat in the first leg, while they have to do it without forward Dwight Gayle after his red card. It was an impressive result for Villa, who made a switch in approach to get themselves in pole position to reach Wembley. Will they book a place in the playoff final for the second season running? West Brom went under the radar in their Championship campaign, while they nearly pulled off a major shock against a Villa side who have been widely tipped to go up. Now the Baggies are left with a huge challenge at the Hawthorns on Tuesday night. Their record in front of goal at home this term suggests they have the firepower to turn it around, but the absence of Gayle is a blow to that. Jay Rodriguez is the only striker West Brom can call upon here, while they have major defensive issues troubling them.
West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa tips
Despite the score seeing Aston Villa just one goal ahead, it feels like West Brom have a mountain to climb if they are to reach Wembley. A defensive display wasn't enough to secure victory at Villa Park, even after taking the lead, and matters were made worse when Dwight Gayle was shown a second yellow card in the closing minutes. He'll miss this game and the final should they make it. Against a team of Villa's quality, the Baggies have given themselves a mountain to climb. West Brom boss James Shan is remaining confident though and has backed Jay Rodriguez to step up in a more central role. He usually partners Gayle up front, and came close to scoring after hitting the bar on Saturday.
West Bromwich Albion vs Aston Villa tips
Matt Phillips should get another start here after fully recovering from injury and the 6/1 available on him having two or more shots on target is a bet worth considering. He carries an attacking threat anyway, but this game should see more opportunities on goal, particularly if they are chasing the game late on. Phillips has posted two or more shots on multiple occasions this season and I'd back him to do the same here. It's a general price of 4/1 on a goal anytime, but the stats markets provide that extra value. Score prediction: West Brom 1-1 Aston Villa
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