Aston Villa v West Brom LIVE Premier League action

PREMIER LEAGUE LIVE: Aston Villa v West Brom – as it happens from Villa Park



14:47 GMT, 30 September 2012

Follow Sportsmail's coverage of the Barclays Premier League as Aston Villa host Midlands rivals West Brom at Villa Park in Sunday's only match. Both sides have new managers this season but there has been a contrast in how they have enjoyed the opening few weeks.

Paul Lambert has struggled to get his side firing but Steve Clarke has had no such trouble. Who will emerge on top today Kick-off is at 4pm.

Sportsmail's Alex Horlock takes you through all the action at Villa Park.


Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, Albrighton, Holman, El Ahmadi, Delph, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

Subs not used: Given, Bent, N'Zogbia, Westwood, Bannan, Weimann, Lichaj.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Morrison, Mulumbu, Yacob, Brunt, Gera, Long.

Subs not used: Luke Daniels, Rosenberg, El Ghanassy, Dorrans, Lukaku, Tamas, Fortune.

15.44: Villa have failed to beat their Midlands rival in the last three meetings. BUT, until last October, West Brom had not won at Villa for 32 years.

I'm struggling to predict this one, but I am leaning towards a West Brom win given the slick attacking football Clarke has installed since his arrival.

Don't worry though Villa fans, I've been wrong plenty of times before…

15.40: It's Lambert v Clarke. Both these bosses have gone some way to winning over their respective fans already, but a victory here will surely catapult them into the 'fans' favourite' category.

15.35: The full teams are in. Check the green box at the side!

Interest selections from both managers up front.

Paul lambert has opted to leave Darren Bent on the bench in place of Gabriel Agbonlahor and Christian Benteke.

Steve Clarke has dropped Chelsea loanee Romelu Lukaku after some bullish performances for Shane Long.

Bold moves, people. Will they pay off

15.30: With yesterday's Premier League action yielding an exceptional goal haul, I'm hoping this one can add a few more to that tally.

West Brom have had an excellent start to the season, whereas Villa have looked a little erratic.

Mind you, they did see off the champions Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in midweek. This one could go either way!

15.25: Good afternoon everyone, and thanks for joining us for our coverage of what is sure to be a hotly contested Midlands derby.

First up, here's Aston Villa's starting XI: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Agbonlahor, Benteke.

West Bromwich's team to follow…

Ready Gabriel Agbonlahor starts up front for Aston Villa

Ready Gabriel Agbonlahor starts up front for Aston Villa