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West Brom vs Aston Villa: Championship match preview, team news, predicted line-ups, plus more

West Brom and Aston Villa both continue their pursuit of Premier League football at the Hawthorns on Friday night.

The Baggies lost ground on league-leaders Norwich after Brentford equalised in stoppage time to snatch a 1-1 draw on Monday.

Villa are currently flying

Nonetheless, they remain unbeaten in their last four and within reach of the automatic promotion places in third.

Meanwhile, Villa have been unstoppable under their new manager, flying up the Championship table with six wins in Dean Smith’s opening eight games.

They’re now within three points of the play-off places after recovering from a dreadful start to the season.

West From must bounce back from Brentford’s late goal

Where can I listen?

West Brom vs Aston Villa will be live on talkSPORT2, kick-off 8pm.

Team news

Bakary Sako has returned to training for West From after missing their last three matches, while Kyle Bartley remains sidelined.

Hal Robson-Kanu came off at half-time against Brentford and is unlikely to feature.

Adomah could return

Alan Hutton is back for Aston Villa after a suspension and winger Albert Adomah should cover from an injury suffered in the 4-2 victory over Birmingham two weeks ago.

Predicted line-ups

West Brom: Johnstone, Adarabioyo, Hegazi, Dawson, Gibbs, Phillips, Livermore, Morrison, Barnes, Rodriguez, Gayle.

Aston Villa: Nyland, Hutton, Tuanzebe, Chester, Taylor, Adomah, Hourihane, Whelan, Kodjia, Grealish, Abraham.

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