Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion face the Hawthorns on either side

The Home Baggies will play their first game under the newly minted leadership of Sam Allardyce, who will be the focus of many neutrals when he returns to the Premier League after Slaven Bilic’s departure this week

Villa, on the other hand, will try to consolidate their attacking credentials after a creative misfire against Burnley a few days ago.While Villa was delighted, they were left without three points as their 27 shots on goal failed to raise the standard scores – with 0-0 as the final result

The Baggies are currently in the relegation zone, while the Villans enjoy a good respite and rest on 19 points – 12 ahead of Albion

Joe Chapman and James Rushton will be here all evening to give you your pre-game updates, as well as any info you need during the West Midlands derby Stay Tuned

Matty Cash whips a cross, but the Villa forward passes in a great position. WBA has few chances

It was not an ideal start for Albion As I feared before the game, they are still too easy to play against them at the moment and Villa midfield is very happy

If anything, it will at least be made clear to the new regime what they need to address

Small scuffle, as both players fall after a collision Karlan Grant and El Ghazi also duel, with the man from the villa hitting the deck

Martin Atkinson does not seem to give fouls cheaply as both sides are asked to continue playing after challenges

Sammy Lee is the loudest one on the contact line – he keeps the Baggies organized and engaged

Pressure returns – but on the other hand, Martinez is warned against handling out of range

15 minutes until kick-off Only a few members of the Villa Bank remain on the field

Villa fans all agree – Ross Barkley and Ezri Konsa are missing out again

There’s no Ezri Konsa or Ross Barkley for Villa tonight, but Matty Cash and Douglas Luiz are back on the side in an instant after missing Thursday’s Burnley draw due to suspension

There are now nine subs too – that means bench seats for Kyle Edwards and Cedric Kipre

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