Aston Villa vs. West Bromwich Albion, lineups and open match thread

Michael Regan

It's derby day! Join us as Aston Villa host West Brom at Villa Park with a massive three points at stake.

Welcome to derby day, the second of two we'll have this season! Aston Villa come into the day with a two-point edge over West Bromwich Albion, and the three points at stake are a massive prize both in terms of bragging rights and table positioning. Both Villa and West Brom have started 2014 reasonably well, but not well enough to provide much separation from the bottom three. A win would put Villa to as comfortable a place as they've been in several years, while the Baggies would move to 10th and have some legitimate breathing room.

Nicolas Anelka will start with his impending suspension still being challenged, while Villa face a major blow as Gabby Agbonlahor-the derby good luck charm-will miss the game thanks to the injury he suffered against Liverpool.

Aston Villa Starting XI:

Brad Guzan; Matthew Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Ryan Bertrand; Ashley Westwood, Karim El Ahmadi, Fabian Delph; Leandro Bacuna, Christian Benteke, Andi Weimann

Aston Villa Subs:

Jed Steer, Nathan Baker, Yacouba Sylla, Nicklas Helenius, Marc Albrighton, Grant Holt, Aleksandar Tonev

West Bromwich Albion Starting XI:

Ben Foster; Steven Reid, Diego Lugano, Jonas Olsson, Liam Ridgewell; James Morrison, Claudio Yacob, Chris Brunt, Youssouf Mulumbu; Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe

West Brom Subs:

Boaz Myhill, Billy Jones, Gareth McAuley, Graham Dorrans, Matej Vydra, Saido Berahino, Morgan Amaltifano

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