FT: Aston Villa 1 West Brom 1

FULL TIME. Aston Villa 1 West Brom 1.

Yellow card for Tamas for a cynical tackle on N'Zogbia. I think that's called "taking one for the team".

Bent's knock down falls into the arms of Foster and there's probably only time for one final attack here.

Bennett prevents a swift Lukaku counter attack but as Villa themselves look to break, Bent can't keep the ball in play.

Four minutes of added time for either team to snatch a winner!

Bennett takes aim but Bannan picks up the rebound as his delivery is cleared by the marvellous Olsson.

Another superb chance for West Brom! Lukaku cuts past Clark with the Villa defence gaping but Guzan saves well before Morrison handles the rebound. A really gripping finale at Villa Park!

Great chance for Villa! A wonderful move ends with Lowton finding Bent in space but he can't control his shot and it sails over the bar.

N'Zogbia has an effort which is close down but West Brom are pegged in their own half for the time being as the hosts continue their assault.

Villa advance after a Mulumbu effort looking far more energised for the goal, with the hosts eventually earning a corner after Lowton's ball into the box.

Vlaar makes a terrific clearance from the corner which ends up in a Villa goal kick off Morrison.

McAuley is down receiving treatment after that clash with Agbonlahor while West Brom prepare to take their cornern.

McAuley makes a top challenge on Agbonlahor at one end before straight after Lukaku's deflected effort only lands narrowly wide of goal!

Brilliant tackle from Bannan as the midfielder deflects Mulumbu's effort out of play. The atmosphere is electric now as both teams chase the winner.

A scramble from the corner falls to the super sub and Bent rattles home the equaliser to the delight of his manager and the home fans. 1-1 and game on!


Villa continue to press but West Brom really look far too organised to be breached today. Olsson battles with Agbonlahor and credit again to Holman who earns Villa a corner.

West Brom are defending extremely well as Villa launch cross after cross into the box before N'Zogbia pokes a shot wide.

Tamas spectacularly clears N'Zogbia's delivery before Holman loses control on the edge of the box. Bent picks it up again though as Villa probe once more.

El Ahmadi again concedes possession too easily but Villa win it back through Bennett as they look to carve a chance in West Brom's half.

Clark heads away but West Brom still have possession with Morrison as Villa's midfield suddenly start to look pretty tired.

Lukaku holds up the ball looking for an opening and in the end does really well to win his side a corner off Clark.

West Brom, not to be outdone, make a change themselves as the excellent Long comes off for Lukaku.

Lambert makes his third change of the game as Bannan comes on to replace Delph.

N'Zogbia's movement draws Yacob into the challenge and that results in Villa free-kick which Vlaar ends up heading over the bar.

Clark's ball up to find Bent is poor and lands straight into the arms of Foster. With N'Zogbia and Bent on, £27m worth of talent, you'd back to Villa to at least carve out more chances now.

Benteke comes off and a huge ovation welcomes Bent on to the pitch.

Benteke has a pop from 25 yards, with a good challenge from Yacob resulting in a Villa corner.

Albrighton is replaced by N'Zogbia in a Villa change.

Villa really are struggling at the moment as West Brom pounce again, Guzan colliding with Long from Gera's ball as the visitors look more likely to score next.

A lovely West Brom move nearly allows Long to find Morrison but the offside flag is raised as Guzan slides in anyway.

Bennett takes a whack as Gera's cross from the right catches him square in the back. Moments later, Gera's second delivery nearly catches Guzan off guard as he is forced to tip it round the bar.

Albrighton fires in a wicked, curling cross into the box but Foster shows great hands to gather it first time.

A poor free-kick from Bennett leaves Villa's strikes unhappy as their efforts in the final third continue to produce no reward.

Long is again caught offside but more miscommunication between Vlaar and Clark nearly costs Villa as the striker was barely denied what would have been a golden chance.

Dorrans' shot clips the wall and despite Mulumbu's best efforts he can't keep the ball in play.

Foster takes a risk with his clearance but El Ahmadi can't capitalise, and moments later he floors Morrison to concede a free-kick 30-yards out.

Bennett's free-kick packs the punch but narrowly dips round the post as Foster looked to have covered the goal well anyway.

Popov is perplexed but a free-kick is conceded by the defender on Holman and Villa can strike from a very dangerous position here.

Benteke's header wins Villa another corner and the home crowd have come to life now at Villa Park.

Great chance for Villa! Benteke is presented with the chance from close range but a wonderful sliding tackle from Tamas denies the striker. SImply brilliant defending.

There appeared to be a hint of offside in the build-up but Morrison's run down the right results in a ball into the box which Vlaar clears on to Long who bundles the ball into the net. 1-0 to the Baggies!


Delph can't capitalise on a Yacob error but he more than makes amends with a sliding tackle to dispossess El Ahmadi.

Long powers a header into the net from Mulumbu's ball but the striker is narrowly, narrowly offside and the linesman raises his flag.

Holman's energy is outstanding once more but Mulumbu and Tamas combine to good effect to end up winning a goal kick.

Gera's header from a West Brom results in a botched header as he ends up colliding with Tamas in the process. After all that, it's a Villa goal kick.

Holman persists against Popov but despite his and the Villa fans' protests, it was a clear fre-kick and the referee awards it.

A change from the break to report sees Tamas emerge for the injured Jones.

We're back underway as Villa kick off the second half.

Del Finn writes: "I fear Lambert made a mistake leaving out Bent. If Villa are too defensive in the second half all they're really achieving is giving West Brom more space, and West Brom aren't the kind of team to waste opportunities."

West Brom started lively but Villa eventually took control of the half without ever making their possession count. Send your second half predictions to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or @JWoodfield365

HALF TIME. Aston Villa 0 West Brom 0.

Clark bundles over Gera and West Brom have a free-kick which should be the last chance of the half.

One minute's added time to be played.

Benteke intercepts from McAuley with incredible ease but his shot is terrible from 15 yards and that's a huge chance missed for Villa right before half-time.

West Brom break through Mulumbu from the corner but Gera's ball into the box is poor as Vlaar is easily allowed to clear Villa's lines.

Villa's persistence to control possession is slowing beginning to grind West Brom down as they lose out twice in the centre of midfield before Lowton's cross results in another corner.

Another corner and another header wide from Villa with Benteke this time the man firing the ball into the stands.

Holman again shows great drive down the left, cutting outside McAuley and firing a shot loose which Foster has to parry wide.

That's Brunt's game over as Dorrans comes on to replace the stricken West Brom midfielder.

Clark finds space from the corner but he can't direct his header goalbound and West Brom win the corner.

Albrighton picks up the ball and looks to switch play but as Brunt goes down conceding a corner he stays on the ground and receives treatment.

Holman lets rip after a neat lay-off from Agbonlahor but he drives his effort some way wide as the chances continue to be few and far between.

Holman again comes out triumphant in a clash with Jones, as Villa again press up the left before winning the umpteenth throw-in of the match.

Benteke's movement forces Olsson into an awkward clearance, with Holman again showing great energy down the left to win a throw-in.

Long breaches the Villa defence but he is caught offside from Brunt's ball much to the striker's dismay.

Good pressure from Brunt forces Vlaar into a tricky clearance as both teams start to struggle with possession moving forward.

Villa show good patience in their build-up but Agbonlahor eventually loses control and West Brom break, with Brunt's 30-yard effort never troubling Guzan.

A storming run from Vlaar results in a lovely move where the ball falls to Benteke whose curling effort is a little erratic and some way over the bar.

A fierce battle for possession in midfield ends up with Guzan claiming from Brunt's ball as West Brom show a distinct lack of width in their play despite a 4-5-1 formation.

Albrighton picks up the ball from his own corner, and a tempting ball into the box is met confidently by Foster.

As soon as I say that, Holman strikes the ball from range and draws a smart save from Foster to earn Villa a corner.

An extremely ambitious ball from Popov completes the width of the park before travelling out of play as both teams start to struggle in the final third.

Bennett clears for Benteke who heads the ball back into the danger area for Villa. Bennett makes another good tackle on Jones though and West Brom pick up the ball from a throw-in.

Delph slides in on Brunt and picks up a booking for his efforts.

Benteke shows poor control to lose the ball to Gera, with West Brom passing the ball nicely before Bennett's tackle on Jones wins back the ball for Villa.

Delph skips away from Morrison but can't prevent the ball running out of play as Jones takes the throw-in for the Baggies.

A lovely ongoing touch from the Villa fans as on the 19th minute the fans produce a minute's applause for Stiliyan Petrov, who was diagnosed with leukemia earlier this year.

Bennett runs into trouble when Gera and Jones close him down, but Villa regain the ball through Delph and continue to enjoy the lion's share of possession.

Holman's persistence results in Brunt being dispossessed, with Benteke then winning a throw-in in a collision with the Baggies midfielder.

Lovely football from Villa as Holman's final ball into the box is cleared away by Jones as the hosts look to be on top of things here.

This is a good spell for Villa as Agbonlahor's superb cross draws a top header from Olsson as Benteke lurked at the back post.

Albrighton's corner is cleared, and a second attempted delivery from the winger is charged down excellently by Morrison.

Bennett's good work finds him crossing in from the left, with Popov there to cover and concede a corner.

Villa clear the corner somewhat desperately through Clark, but Long's persistence nearly keeps the ball alive for West Brom before Morrison fouls Lowton.

Holman rushes into Mulumbu and concedes the foul, before a quick free-kick results in a West Brom corner.

Vlaar is eased out of making connection from Albrighton's corner, with a nudge from McAuley deemed acceptable by the referee.

A clumsey error from McAuley gives Villa the first corner of the game.

Vlaar clears expertly away from Long, but Agbonlahor is judged offside trying to latch on to the clearance as Olsson pushes up.

Second good chance for Long as the striker picks up Morrison's fierce drive before volleying over from 20 yards. Good start this from the Baggies.

Popov takes a hit to the face from Agbonlahor but the left-back does well to still clear to safety as the Villa striker hussled him on the touchline.

Delph loses out to Yacob as Jones is played out wide. His cross eventually finds the head of Long who incredible aims wide from five yards. Poor defending from Villa and he should have made them pay.

A half chance for Villa as Agbonlahor cuts down the line and fires a teasing ball into the box for Benteke which Olsson does well to hack clear.

Jones takes on Bennett but the Villa man slides in precisely. Mulumbu is then penalised for a foul on Vlaar and it's a free-kick to the hosts.

A loose pass from Yacob sells Gera short, Villa regaining possession before Gera is forced to clear under the threat of Benteke.

West Brom get the first Midlands derby of the Premier League season underway.

Analysing the team news further, Villa boss Lambert makes three other changes from the last league game at Southampton with left-back Joe Bennett, midfielders Marc Albrighton and Fabian Delph brought in for Eric Lichaj, Barry Bannan and the injured Stephen Ireland respectively. West Brom boss Steve Clarke hands a debut to summer loan signing, left-back Goran Popov, in place of the injured Liam Ridgewell (thigh) while Shane Long returns in attack at the expense of Romelu Lukaku.

Villa fan Brian Cook writes: "This is a brave decision to leave DB out but I admire Paul Lambert's decisions. I would like a Villa win but fear a draw."

Tony McIntyre is backing the away victory this afternoon. He writes: "Villa have been poor at home season to date and I can see West Brom winning this 3-1 with a hat-trick from Long."

In a surprise decision from Villa boss Paul Lambert, club record signing Darren Bent is benched for today's Midlands derby, with Gabby Agbonlahor restored to the first team after his goalscoring exploits at the Etihad Stadium midweek. The Villa striker can be backed at 7/1 with Sky Bet to find the net first this afternoon.

West Brom: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Popov, Mulumbu, Yacob, Gera, Morrison, Brunt, Long. Subs: Daniels, Tamas, El Ghanassy, Lukaku, Fortune, Dorrans, Rosenberg.

Aston Villa: Guzan, Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bennett, El Ahmadi, Delph, Albrighton, Holman, Agbonlahor, Benteke. Subs: Given, Bent, N'Zogbia, Lichaj, Bannan, Westwood, Weimann.

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Good afternoon everybody and welcome to Villa Park for the Barclays Premier League clash between Aston Villa and West Brom. The teams are not in yet but as soon as they are you can find out here. In the meantime, feel free to send your e-mails to jack.woodfield@bskyb.com or tweet @JWoodfield365

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