Jan 29, 2014 at 7.45pm UK at ‚ÄčVilla Park
Aston Villa
4-3
West BromWest Bromwich Albion
Weimann (13'), Bacuna (25'), Delph (38'), Benteke (64' pen.)
Holt (89')
FT(HT: 3-3)
Brunt (4'), Delph (9' og.), Mulumbu (44')
Lugano (68'), Brunt (70'), Olsson (87')

Live Commentary: Aston Villa 4-3 West Bromwich Albion - as it happened

Aston Villa's Christian Benteke scores his team's fourth goal via the penalty spot against West Brom during their Premier League match on January 29, 2014
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Relive Sports Mole's live text coverage of Aston Villa's dramatic derby against West Bromwich Albion in the Premier League.

Aston Villa edged out West Bromwich Albion in a thrilling Midlands derby at Villa Park.

The away side took a 2-0 lead through Chris Brunt's volley and Fabian Delph's own goal, but Villa staged a comeback and equalised when Leandro Bacuna bundled the ball in.

The hosts then took the lead when Delph fired home. However, an end-to-end first half continued to entertain as Youssuf Mulumbu slotted in to make it 3-3 at the break.

The second half was quieter and Christian Benteke won it from the penalty spot.

Read how the action unfolded below.


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6.47pmHello and welcome to another evening of Premier League football on Sports Mole. Our focus here is on Aston Villa's clash with Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion.

6.49pmIt's sure to be a feisty match at Villa Park, with both sides in need of three points. As I mentioned in the introduction, both are looking nervously over their shoulders at the bottom three.

6.50pmHowever, it's a derby, so we can throw the form book out of the window. These two West Midlands rivals have been locking horns on a regular basis for 129 years, but recent history has been littered with draws.

6.54pmHowever, let's check on the teams before we look deeper into the match stats and build up.

6.54pmASTON VILLA: Guzan; Lowton, Vlaar, Clark, Bertrand; Westwood, El Ahmadi, Delph, Bacuna; Weimann, Benteke

6.55pmSUBS: Steer, Baker, Sylla, Helenius, Albrighton, Holt, Tonev

6.56pmWEST BROMWICH ALBION: Foster; Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell; Morrison, Yacob, Mulumbu, Brunt; Anichebe, Anelka

6.57pmSUBS: Myhill, Dorrans, Amalfitano, Vydra, McAuley, Billy Jones, Berahino

6.58pmThe bad news for Villa is that Gabriel Agbonlahor is missing, so Matthew Lowton replaces him as Paul Lambert shuffles his team shape.

6.59pmWest Brom's team shows two changes, with Youssouf Mulumbu and Victor Anichebe in for Zoltan Gera and Matej Vydra. However, Nicolas Anelka does start up front.

7pmThe last time these two met, they played out a 2-2 draw at The Hawthorns. The Baggies had a 2-0 lead, but Villa staged an impressive comeback to pick up a point.

7.05pmAs I said just before the team news, this fixture has produced a number of draws in recent history. Every one of the last 15 encounters has ended either as a draw or with a 2-1 scoreline, while that 2-2 in November was the fourth match in a row that has ended all square.

7.07pmSo, what can we expect from tonight? Well, Villa's home form has been extremely poor this season. They have scored just eight goals and picked up eight points from 11 games at Villa Park, which is the worst record in the Premier League.

7.10pmThey did manage an impressive 2-2 draw against Liverpool in their last fixture, but just one win in six means that Lambert's men are