Date: 6th December 2018 at 6:30pm
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OPINION

After a quite brilliant victory over Middlesbrough in their last outing, Aston Villa manager Dean Smith will be looking to snatch all three points from another promotion rival in the shape of West Brom on Friday night.

It is another away game to one of the Championship’s high flyers and with much more than just three points on the line, the local rivalry meaning it is yet another derby day for Villa, the pressure is on both Smith and counterpart Darren Moore.

Having been forced into a number of changes against Boro, which included a rare start for Anwar El Ghazi, it is expected that the Villans boss will make just one switch against the Baggies, with Alan Hutton returning from his suspension to take veteran defender Ahmed Elmohamedy’s place in the line up.

The 31-year-old Egyptian took the Scot’s place but after dazzling against Birmingham less than a fortnight ago, Hutton’s place in the team on for the derby seems almost set in stone.

It means that ahead of first choice shot stopper Orjan Nyland stand Axel Tuanzebe and James Chester – the duo now very much the number one centre back pairing at Villa Park, with Neil Taylor on the left.

Conor Hourihane and John McGinn are expected to continue in the middle of the park, while Yannick Bolasie and El Ghazi, who survives the axe after an impressive first league start since September – not to mention a lack of other options due to injury.

Jack Grealish will once again line up behind Tammy Abraham, who will no doubt be looking to add to his seven goals in his last four games.