The Championship madness recommences at The Hawthorns.
For the second Friday in-a-row, we head to West Brom for some Championship action, where they face Aston Villa in a mouthwatering clash.
A result looks near-impossible to call here: Villa have 13 points from the last 15 available – including consecutive 3-0 away victories against Derby and Middlesbrough – while West Brom have three wins from their last four, and sit 3rd in the league.
Darren Moore’s side conceded an agonising 91st minute equaliser against Brentford last Friday, but they are a side packed with experience, and I have no doubts they’ll pick themselves up quickly.
Villa are also clicking under Dean Smith, meaning all three results (as is the case with most Championship matches) are in contention.
My first tip is surely a banker: both teams to score.
Though Villa have won their last two away games to nil, West Brom have scored in every match at The Hawthorns this season, and are the league’s top scorers (42), three goals ahead of the second-top scorers: Aston Villa.
While I have a similar tip later on with better value, there’s never any harm in chucking in a banker too.
Four games, seven goals – Tammy Abraham is on fire for Aston Villa.
Considering West Brom have conceded 28 goals this season – with just one clean sheet at home – Villa will definitely fancy their chances of scoring.
And if there’s one Villa man who is head and shoulders above his teammates when it comes to finding the net, it’s 11-goal Abraham.
I’m backing him to score at any time.
Finally, while it was tempting to predict an absolute goalfest, I believe there won’t quite be as many goals as people think.
Seven of Aston Villa’s 10 away matches have seen either two or three goals scored in total, while five of West Brom’s last six have resulted in the same thing.
It’s easy to expect another crazy game like Villa’s 5-5 with Nottingham Forest, but sometimes stats can be deceiving; while The Baggies are the season’s top-scorers, they have clearly slowed down on the goalscoring front, and the hammerings have become far less frequent.
It should be an entertaining match, but nothing too much more than that. Therefore, I’m backing either two or three goals to be scored on Friday.