One of the most high-profile games in English Football, the Championship playoffs start as Aston Villa host West Bromwich Albion in the Semi-final Leg-1 at Villa Park Wallasey, in Aston Birmingham.
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After a long and arduous season, four teams are still after one beautiful prize. The regular season may be gone, but for Aston Villa and West Brom Albion, it’s the real battle. The fulcrum of their targets would have been the top-2 spots at the start of the campaign, but it’s still a better situation to be in nonetheless.
There are no favorites here. All the form or the advantage of finishing above on the table go out of the window. Only the talent and the ability to hold on to the nerves will get the best out of the players across both the legs. And not to mention, the luck, the unseen force. But as they say, luck favors only the brave.
The Championship playoffs semifinal first leg match will be played between Aston Villa and West Brom at Villa Park, in Aston, Birmingham. The ground has a capacity of 47,785
The game will start at 05:00 PM (IST), on Saturday, May 11.
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Recent form (Last six matches)
Aston Villa – W W W W D L
West Brom – L W W D W L
Injured – Norwegian goalkeeper Ørjan Nyland will be missing the game with an injury.
Suspended – None.
Doubtful – While center-back James Chester is lacking the required match fitness and is expected to miss the game.
Note: Manager Dean Smith is facing a dilemma regarding the goalkeeper situation. Jed Steer has done well ever since he was called upon to deputize but first-choice goalie Lovre Kalinic is back from injury and is pushing for a start.
Villa made wholesale changes against Norwich City at the weekend with two of them being Jack Grealish and John McGinn, while Tammy Abraham, Tyrone Mings and Ahmed Elmohamady were absent as well and will be coming into the side.
Probable XI: Jed Steer (GK), Neil Taylor, Tyrone Mings, Axel Tuanzebe, Ahmed El Mohamady, Glenn Whelan, Anwar El Ghazi, John McGinn, Albert Adomah, Jack Grealish, Tammy Abraham
Injured – Former Manchester City midfielder Gareth Barry is out injured and won’t be playing.
Suspended – Hal Robson-Kanu kicked out at a Derby player at the weekend and will be serving a suspension.
Doubtful – Jake Livermore is having an issue with his right ankle and will be assessed before the match.
Note: Changes are not expected from West Brom, considering the team has been in good form of late. But manager James Shan may be forced to make some alterations due to Jacob Murphy‘s underwhelming performances. Matt Phillips is the likeliest candidate to replace him in the playing 11.
Probable XI: Sam Johnstone (GK), Ahmed Hegazi, Craig Dawson, Kyle Bartley, Kieran Gibbs, Stefan Johansen, Rekeem Harper, Mason Holgate, Matt Philipps, Dwight Gayle, Jay Rodriguez
Potential Game Changers: Top fantasy picks and the points earned in the last three games
A Elmohamady – 3.5, 18
Jay Rodrigues – 2.5, 2
Jack Grealish – 4, 8.5
Kyle Bartley – 15, 3, 3.5
Stats and facts:
Captain and Vice caption options:
Jack Grealish: The 23-year-old is a phenomenon, and no wonder a host of Premier League clubs are after him, in particular, Tottenham Hotspur. Villa have put around $50 million price tag on his head, which shows how valuable he is to this Villa team.
Here are some stats from the 2018-19 season:
You can see, how a complete footballer Grealish looks as he contributed in a two-way on the football field. He will be a good option for your captain.
Tammy Abraham: The on-loan Chelsea forward has set the Championship on fire in the 2018-19 season as he racked up a phenomenal 25 goals throughout the league campaign.
Here are his stats from the 2018-19 season:
The former Southampton star has a good record at Villa Park. He is having a good season as well, scoring 22 times in the legaue and contributing further with 6 goals. Looks good option for a vice-captain.
Goalkeeper: S Johnstone
Defenders: K Gibbs, K Bartley, A Hegazi, A Tuanzebe, A Elmohamady
Midfielders: J McGinn, R Harper, J Grealish (C)
Forwards: J Rodrigues (VC), T Abraham
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Being the hosts, Aston Villa have to be on the front foot against their West Midlands rivals. Villa will start the game as favorites.