WBA – Villa; Can we finish the Baggies off?

I probably should be, but am not, anywhere near as nervous about tonight’s game as I was on Saturday.
A 2-1 advantage shouldn’t really make me feel so confident, but given that we played quite poorly, especially in the first half, yet still managed to win, I’m just not particularly worried.

I think the biggest plus for us is Gayle not being able to play and although Jimmy Shan insists that Albion have very good attacking options, I just don’t think their attack will be equal to ours.

Squad-wise we’re all good and the only questions are about who Dean Smith wans to start.
The team mostly picks itself, but there are doubts about Whelan and Adomah being in the eleven.

Although many are calling for Hourihane to start after his decent performance on Saturday, it wouldn’t surprise me if Whelan starts again. That might puzzle some of you, but an away game, where the opposition surely have to come at us, probably suits Whelan better, as he’s much better defence-wise.
Of course there’s always the argument that attack is the best means of defence and Hourihane is easily the better option if we’re going to go all out.

Adomah was poor, but I’m not convinced Green did enough to warrant a start over him and I think the youngster is better as a backup, brought on to attack tiring legs.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a more open game, although Albion need to be careful they don’t open up too much.

I just think we’ll certainly have enough about us to not lose by two goals, which means I think we’ll be going through.
If we get the first goal, it’ll probably be all over.
But then, if they score first, that’ll make a real game of it.

I can see a 1-1 draw, but I’m going to go for a win.
2-1 to us.

Here’s hoping. UTV!

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    Hitchens60 May 14, 2019 at 8:49 pm .

    How did Baggies not get a single yellow card? Stamp on McGinn by Brunt!

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    DSVilla May 14, 2019 at 8:51 pm .

    The crossing has been abysmal. Good situations wasted. Hope we liven up second half and go for it with a bit more conviction in the final third.

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    Originallondonlion. May 14, 2019 at 8:54 pm .

    No need for panic. Villa will liven up from the 70th minute.

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      Hitchens60 May 14, 2019 at 9:11 pm .

      Guys – we’re losing this at the moment. Albion having the best chances.

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    Bosnich’s Dealer May 14, 2019 at 9:02 pm .

    Completely agree with dsvilla here lads. This is a game for steel. I get it yes, Deano lives for the attack and trying to win the game but, we should’ve shit up shop in this one. We more than capable.

    Bit baffled. It’s gonna be a night of long throw ins and long balls, we’ve seen it already. Pulisball 2.0

    If we’ve got the guile to nick an early goal this half then we need to get Whelan on and shut the game out.

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      Bosnich’s Dealer May 14, 2019 at 9:03 pm .

      Shut not shit of course

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      Bosnich’s Dealer May 14, 2019 at 9:05 pm .

      And one more thing, unpopular probably. But green is completely useless, prefer Adomah every day. Yes lads, I said it

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    Bum Bum May 14, 2019 at 9:10 pm .

    Are West Brom the new Leeds?

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    Bill Pearson May 14, 2019 at 9:12 pm .

    Get him off, he’s not fit seen him earlier holding his shoulder. We don’t want passengers in this game .

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