West Brom v Villa: Back a 7/1 goalfest in this playoff Same Game Multi

Local rivals battling it out for a spot in the Premier League, who could ask for more from the playoffs? S'pose a winning bet'd be nice too.


There are very few things better than the second legs of a Championship semi-final playoff, and there’s absolutely nothing better than the second leg of a Championship playoff that’s still in the balance.

This applies to both ties, thankfully, and with the drama of each game, these second legs have even more bite than you can already expect.

Here’s a Same Game Multi for West Brom and Villa for you to sink your teeth into.

WALSALL, ENGLAND – JULY 25: Aston Villa player Glenn Whelan in action during a friendly match between Aston Villa and West Ham United at Banks’ Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Walsall, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

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Over 3.5 goals (11/5)

Think about these games and how they play out. West Brom need a goal and they can’t wait around. Villa are probably the best side in the Championship when it comes to breaking at pace, and they can score in a number of different ways.

Grealish will carry the ball, Abraham can act as a focal point in possession and run the channels on the counter. McGinn and Hourihane can probably score from anywhere on the pitch. It’s honestly quite difficult to stop them hitting the net at least once.

West Brom will throw everything into the box early on and any late flurry will result in a bombardment of the Villa box.

This ends with goals, and I fancy more than three.

BARNET, ENGLAND – JULY 07: Matt Phillips of West Bromwich Albion during the Pre-season friendly between Barnet and West Bromwich Albion on July 7, 2018 in Barnet, United Kingdom. (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

Both Teams to Score – Yes (13/20)

As I alluded to above, there’s very little chance that Villa don’t score given the amount of space they’ll get to operate in, and the fact that defenders may need to call on divine intervention to stop Tammy Abraham scoring.

West Brom are without Dwight Gayle for the return leg though, after he decided to leave his studs in on the Villa ‘keeper last time out, and they’re going to have to get creative in front of goal.

That doesn’t mean they won’t, though. They had plenty of players chip in with a few goals. Jay Rodriguez scored 22 times in the Championship for them, and while Harvey Barnes’ departure was a big blow, there’s potential for goals all over the park.

Aston Villa to Win (8/5)

Ultimately, this will come down to quality and West Brom chasing the game.

There’s little or no value in the draw here as Villa won’t sit in to defend the lead and West Brom know they’ll be eliminated from the playoffs with a draw of any sort.

So, it boils down to whether or not you believe West Brom have enough in their arsenal to score a few times and put Villa to the sword.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 15: Richard O’Kelly Assistant head coach, Dean Smith manager and John Terry assistant manager of Aston Villa share a joke during a press conference at Villa Park Stadium on October 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Honestly, I’m not sure they do and the discipline of West Brom is under the microscope once again. If they lose the head here, and Villa will certainly be instructed to make the most of everything they do, then this could get ugly. And in a hurry.

You do not want to be chasing multiple goals against one of the quickest teams in the entire league and there will be countless chances for Villa to put the tie to bed in either half. The law of averages suggests they’ll take a few of them.

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