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West Brom vs. Aston Villa: Open match thread and lineups

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Join us as Aston Villa fight for dominance in the midlands!

Clive Mason

Who's the best team in the midlands: West Bromwich Albion or Aston Villa? We almost certainly will have no idea based on the outcome of today's match, but should Villa win it will still be fun to rub it in the faces of West Brom fans who take umbrage at that sort of thing. We've got your lineups for the derby here, and be sure to join us in the comments as the match progresses. We promise to be only slightly insane.

Remember: a win today launches Villa into the top half of the table and well clear of relegation West Brom. This one's for all the marbles, lads.

Aston Villa Starting XI

Brad Guzan; Leandro Bacuna, Ron Vlaar, Ciaran Clark, Nathan Baker; Karim El Ahmadi, Ashley Westwood, Yacouba Sylla, Aleksandar Tonev; Christian Benteke, Libor Kozak

Aston Villa Subs

Jed Steer, Andi Weimann, Chris Herd, Jordan Bowery, Matthew Lowton, Fabian Delph, Gabby Agbonlahor

West Bromwich Albion Starting XI

Boaz Myhill, Steven Reid, Gareth McAuley, Jonas Olsson, Goran Popov, Youssuf Mulumbu, Claudio Yacob, Morgan Amalfitano, Stephane Sessegnon, Chris Brunt, Shane Long

West Bromwich Albion Subs

Luke Daniels, James Morrison, Saido Berahino, Craig Dawson, Matej Vydra, Nicolas Anelka, Victor Anichebe

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Up the Villa!