Villa v West Brom preview
Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion renew their derby rivalry on Sunday when the home side will be looking to find some consistency.
Last Updated: 30/09/12 1:25pm
Midlands derby foes Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon when the home side will be looking to find some consistency.
Villa's win over Swansea City in mid-September was their first of the Premier League season under Paul Lambert and was thought to be the start of a resurgence.
But they then suffered a miserable 4-1 defeat by a Southampton side who had previously been without a point in what was a wretched performance.
Villa, though, bounced back with their midweek upset of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup and so Lambert and fans will want to discover some regularity in results.
In contrast, 10 points after five games is West Brom's best start to a Premier League season in their history.
Steve Clarke has enjoyed his first job in management since succeeding Roy Hodgson at The Hawthorns but they did lose to Liverpool in the League Cup on Wednesday.Aston Villa winger Brett Holman has recovered from a knee injury after missing the win at Manchester City.
Midfielder Stephen Ireland is again ruled out with the cracked bone in his wrist suffered at Southampton, although he should be fit after the forthcoming international break.
Full-back Joe Bennett picked up a knock to his leg at the Etihad Stadium and will be assessed by the Villa medical staff before any decision is taken on his fitness.West Brom are facing a potential full-back crisis after former Villa player Liam Ridgewell became the latest casualty when he limped out of the defeat by Liverpool with a thigh injury.
Steven Reid (hamstring) and summer signing Goran Popov (groin) are also currently out of action.
It leaves Billy Jones as the only fully fit full-back available to face Paul Lambert's side.